Monday, December 12, 2011

ICT decision on SQ Chy's petition Dec 19

International Crimes Tribunal will pass its order on December 19 regarding BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s petitions seeking some facilities for defending him during his trial for alleged crimes against humanity.

The three-judge tribunal headed by its Chairman Nizamul Huq fixed the date after concluding the hearing on the petitions on Monday. 

On November 30, Salauddin submitted six petitions seeking one year time for gathering necessary documents and witnesses to prove his innocence and demanding broadcast on the electronic media the trial proceedings against him and application of international laws relating to war crimes trial, the Evidence Act and Code of Criminal Procedure during his trial.

He also demanded that the tribunal should define the crimes against humanity in rules of procedure and allow him to engage foreign lawyers as consultants to defend him against the charges.

Meanwhile, the tribunal appointed Supreme Court lawyer M Badiuzzaman as state defence lawyer for Chowdhury. 

The appointment came in a suo moto move as the BNP leader has no lawyer to defend him.