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3 cases go to 2nd tribunal
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Justice Nizamul Huq, chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Monday transferred three cases against three war crimes accuseds Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and BNP leader Abdul Alim to the other court – International Crimes Tribunal-2.

The Tribunal-1 led by its Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq transferred the cases accepting three separate petitions filed the prosecution on Sunday.

The second tribunal, formed on March 25 for the quick disposal of the cases. On April 11, an amendment to International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 was made through an ordinance so that cases could be transferred from one tribunal to another.

The tribunal-2, set up to speed up the disposal of cases filed in connection with war crimes, under newly added s.11A, would resume the proceedings of 3 cases from where the tribunal-1 had left off, the prosecution lawyer Jiad Al Malum said.

“The prosecution submitted the petition to the Tribunal-1 for transferring the case to the Tribunal-2 to speed up the proceeding of the trial. The court has ordered considering the circumstances.” – he added.

It is to be noted that the accused Abdul Quader Quader Mollah and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman are in jail and is Abdul Alim on bail.