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Tribunal blasts prosecution for negligence

DHAKA, March 5, 2017 (BSS) - The International Crime Tribunal (ICT)-1

today came down heavily on the prosecution for its negligence in dealing with a crimes against humanity case against former Jatiya Party lawmaker MA Hannan from Mymensingh and seven others.

The prosecution today pleaded for allowing them to correct address of

Khandaker Golam Rabbani, a fugitive, in arrest warrant issued against

him in 2015.

Prosecutor Tapas Kanti Baul submitted the plea as the conducting

prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon was absent at the court at the time.

"The arrest warrant was issued in 2015, police has informed you about

the mistake but you did not bother to bring the matter to the court's

attention. Advertisement has been published for his appearance or

surrender already based on that wrong address. Do you think the

government has abundant money that it can afford to waste it," Justice

Md Shahinur Islam asked.

"We are seeing it there is an attempt to take the case haywire from

the very start. Even the conducting prosecutor is not present here,"

Justice Md. Shohrowardi said.

In the meantime, prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon entered into the

courtroom and sought unconditional apology for the mistake.

"No apology. Go and file a plea to issue a warrant afresh admitting

your negligence," Justice Shahinur added.

Justice Anwarul Haque, chairman of the three-member panel of the

ICT-1, then adjourned the hearing of the case till April 18.

Apart from Hannan, the other accused in the case are Hannan's son

Rafique Sajjad, 62, Khandakar Golam Sabbir Ahmed, 69, Mizanur Rahman

Mintu, 63, Hormuj Ali, 73, Mohammad Abdus Sattar, 64, Mohammad

Fakruzzaman, 61, and Khandakar Golam Rabbani, 63. Of these,

Fakruzzaman, Sattar and Rabbani are still on the run.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)