ICT confirms parts of SQC verdict leaked
Detectives launch investigationStaff Correspondent
The International Crimes Tribunal on Wednesday said that ‘some parts’ of the draft of the judgement which on Tuesday sentenced BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to death had been leaked.
The tribunal’s registrar filed a general diary with the Shahbagh police in this regard and the Detective Branch launched an investigation.
The general diary the ICT registrar AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud filed said that it was a matter of concern how some parts of the draft had been leaked from the tribunal and made available online. ‘The matter is a threat to the tribunal’s security and transparency.’
The state minister for law, Quamrul Islam, said that after the filing of the general diary, the Detective Branch had started investigating the leak.
‘This is certain that the verdict has not been leaked from the ministry and such an allegation is baseless… People involved in the leak will be spotted soon,’ he said at a press conference at the secretariat.
Quamrul admitted that part of the verdict had been leaked, possibly from the tribunal as the ministry was in no way involved in the preparation of the judgement.
International Crimes Tribunal 1 handed BNP leader Salauddin death sentence in the case of crimes against humanity that he had committed in the war of independence in 1971.
A copy of the document said to be part of the verdict was available online, raising allegations that the judgement had been leaked from ‘a computer in the law secretary’s office.’
Salauddin’s family alleged that they had found the copy of the verdict on www.justiceconcern.org two days ago and claimed that the document had been
leaked from the law ministry.
Addressing a press briefing in his office at the tribunal, the ICT registrar said that the incident might have taken place in any stages of drafting and before finalising the judgement.
Asked whether they suspected any of the tribunal employees, he said that they could not suspect anyone at this point.
The BNP chairperson’s adviser Khandker Mahbub Hossain, also a Supreme Court lawyer, said on Tuesday that the BNP would try ‘real war crimes offenders’ and the people involved in the ongoing ‘farcical’ trials if the party was voted to power.
The state minister for law called on Mahbub to withdraw his statement which the minister said was ‘highly contemptuous.’
Quamrul said that it was part of a conspiracy at home and abroad to thwart the war crimes trial. ‘We can guess who are behind the conspiracy. The Detective Branch is looking into the matter. The people involved will be identified and arrested soon,’ he said in reply to a question.
In Tribunal 1, the chief prosecutor, Ghulam Arief Tipoo, called the tribunal’s attention to the comment of Khandaker Mahbub Hossain.
Tribunal member Justice Jahangir Hossain at one point said that it was a matter of regret that the people trying to make Salauddin’s verdict controversial were making comments without going through the full verdict.
He, however, said that the choice of words and the language of the judgement that was delivered and the one that was leaked were different.
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