Jamaat-Shibir leaders reply to contempt notice
03 March 2015, NIrapad News: Five leaders of Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir today gave reply of the contempt notice served by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1.
The tribunal on January 12 issued the notice upon Jamaat acting ameer Maqbul Ahmed, its nayeb-e-ameer Mujibur Rahman, Jamaat acting Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman, advocate Tajul Islam, Shibir president Abdul Jabbar, and its general secretary Md Atikur Rahman.
The first tribunal passed the order allowing a petition submitted by the prosecution on January 1, which said after the pronouncement of verdict in the trial of Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam, defence counsel Tajul Islam held a press briefing and made adverse comments against the verdict.
Jamaat too called two-day shutdown in protest against the death sentence awarded to its leader. On January 28, Barrister Badruddoza Badal and advocate Ruhul Quddus Kajol appeared for Tajul and pleaded unconditional apology.
Today Barrister Badal again appeared for Tajul and pleaded for exonerating his client from the contempt charge. On the other hand, advocate Md Nazrul Islam appeared for the leaders of Jamaat and Shibir and gave reply on their behalf. He sought time for the preparation to take part in the hearing in this regard.
Prosecutor Zead Al-Malum however opposed the time plea and pleaded for passing order against them. After hearing both the sides, Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the three-member panel of ICT-1, set March 22 for holding further hearing into the matter.