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The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Thursday allowed the defence lawyer’s time plea for deferring the trial of war crimes accused Ghulam Azam, former ameer of Jamat-e-Islami, “in the interest of justice.”
Responding to the petition filed by principal defence counsel Barrister Abdur Razzaq, tribunal chairman Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, flanked by two other members Justice Jahangir Hossain and Justice Anwarul Haque, passed the order re-fixing April 15 (Monday) for further defence summing-up arguments with a note of caution.
Passing the order once and for all, the tribunal said that no further time plea would be allowed under any circumstances.
Designated prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon opposed the defence time plea referring to the provision of restriction of adjournment of trial proceedings under the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.
This was the second consecutive occasion the tribunal allowed adjournment of trial proceedings following petitions by the principal defence counsel as he is unable to attend tribunal on identical grounds of ‘personal difficulty’.
United News of Bangladesh