Today due to a nation-wide hartal our researchers were unable to attend proceedings. The following summary is compiled from media sources and conversations with the Defense and the Prosecution.
Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:
- Chief Prosecutor vs. Muhammed Kamaruzzaman
Tribunal 2 adjourned for the day after expressing its displeasure at the absence of the senior Defense counsel for Kamaruzzaman, and the general pattern of absence during hartals. The Chairman of the Tribunal noted that some Defense counsel in other cases are now using security services provided by the law enforcement agencies in order to reach the Tribunal on hartal days. The Tribunal stated that the counsel for Kamaruzzaman should do the same. The judges stated that this absence is a disservice to the Accused. Furthermore the Tribunal said that given the political situation, they would consider applying Section-13 of the International Crimes (Tribunals ) Act 1973 in deciding whether to allow further adjournments. The judges instructed the junior Defense counsel to communicate these messages to his seniors. Additionally, the Tribunal stressed that it would close the Defense’s Closing Arguments if the Defense continued to be absent on hartal days.