The International Crimes Tribunal-1 will hear today the prosecution plea seeking to issue a contempt notice upon New York-based global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) for publishing a ‘contemptuous’ report over its judgment on former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam.
“We’ve perused the matter submitted by the prosecution and we’ll hear it tomorrow (Thursday),” said Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, chairman of the three-member tribunal that deals with the cases of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
After a month of pronouncement of the judgment sentencing Ghulam Azam to 90 years’ imprisonment finding him guilty of all five charges of the 1971 crimes against humanity and genocide against him, the HRW on August 16 published a report on its website headlined ‘Bangladesh: Azam conviction based on flawed proceedings: Analysis outlines how fair trial rights of accused seriously compromised’.
The HRW report claimed that the trial of the former Jamaat-e-Islami chief was deeply flawed and it had not met the international standards.
The impugned HRW report prompted the war crimes chief prosecutor to file the contempt plea before the ICT-1.
The petitioner urged the tribunal to issue a contempt notice asking the HRW, represented by its board of directors, and its Executive Director, Asia Division, Brad Adams, and Associate, Asia Division, Storm Tiv, to explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them in exercise of its power under section 11 (4) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.