The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday was adjourned within five minutes of it’s start of proceedings as a legal dispute was raised over following the resignation of its judge AKM Zaheer Ahmed, a retired district judge. His reasons for resigning was due to “illness”. Nothing more was disclosed.
As the tribunal resumed at 10.35am with only its chairman Justice M Nizamul Huq, one defence counsel for one of the accused Jamaat-e-Islami member raised a petition highlighting section 6 (1) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
The relevant section says, “The government may, by notification in the official gazette, set up one or more tribunals, each consisting of a chairman and not less than two and not more than four other members.”
With reference to the ICT Act, defence lawyer Tajul Islam told the tribunal that the resignation of one judge meant the legal requirements were not met until that post was filled.
Meanwhile, the government yesterday appointed Jahangir Hossain, an incumbent judge of the High Court, as a member of the International Crimes Tribunal-1.
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