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Tribunal pardons two Bagerhat lawyers

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The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Sunday pardoned two Bagerhat Judge Court lawyers for their involvement in an affidavit fiasco.
The lawyers, Sheikh Abdul Wadud and notary public Shamima Akhter were asked to clarify their roles in writing an affidavit of a prosecution witness against war crimes accused AKM Yusuf. The witness, Achhiya Khatun, however, disowned the affidavit.
Summoned by the tribunal on November 17, the lawyers appeared before the tribunal and sought unconditional apologies.
The tribunal in its order put three directives while preparing any affidavit.
The directives are: the lawyer involved in preparing any affidavit must know his or her client, he or she must know the contents of the affidavit well and none will write any affidavit in connection with any criminal case.
The affidavit fiasco came to the tribunal’s notice on November 17 when a defence lawyer of AKM Yusuf produced it before the tribunal. The contents of the affidavit were not disclosed.




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