5 May 2013: ICT-1 Daily Summary – Nizami Defense Petitions

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following matters;

1. Chief Prosecutor vs. Motiur Rahman Nizami

The Tribunal heard arguments from the Defense regarding two petitions filed on 2 May 2013. The first requested medical treatment for Motiur Rahman Nizami and the second sought admission of additional documents as exhibits.

A Junior Defense counsel submitted that Motiur Rahman Nizami suffers from diabetes and arthritis which have recently increased due to his journey from Dhaka to Chittagong (he is also accused of another case filed in Chittagong). Therefore he requested access to physiotherapy. The Tribunal granted the petition and requested the jail authorities to provide him treatment in Hospital when necessary.

The Defense then submitted arguments in support of their request to exhibit additional documents showing media interviews given by Prosecution witness 6, Shahjahan Ali. Prosecutor Mir Iqbal Hossain opposed the petition and submitted that section 9(5) of the ICT Act 1973, allowing for the admission of such documents, is only applicable at the time of commencement of trial not in this stage of proceedings. Thereafter, Tribunal rejected the petition.