26 November 2013: ICT-2 Daily Summary – Hartal Coverage of AKM Yusuf, Cross-Examination of PW-12 Delayed

Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following case:

  1. Chief Prosecutor vs. AKM Yusuf

Due to a renewed hartal, our researcher for ICT-2 could not safely travel to the Court to attend proceedings today.  The following coverage was compiled from communication directly with the Court and the Parties to the proceedings.

The Court was scheduled to record the cross-examination of PW-12 in the case against AKM Yusuf today. However, junior defense counsel, Mr. Gazi M H Tamim, informed the Tribunal that the senior counsel, Mr, Syed Mizanur Rahman, could not appear in the court due to the hartal. The Tribunal observed that although hartals may continue, it does not mean that the Court should keep adjourning every. Nevertheless, the Tribunal did adjourn for the day, after closing the cross-examination of the witness. The Bench again warned the Defense that if they continued to choose to be absent on Hartal days, the court would not sit idle in their absence.