Despite being the final day of a 60-hour nationwide Hartal, ICT-1 convened to hear matters in the following cases:
- Chief Prosecutor vs. Motiur Rahman Nizami
- Chief Prosecutor vs. Channel 24 and others
Contempt Proceedings Against Channel 24
On 26 September 2013, the Tribunal issued an Order to the following individuals and organizations: Managing Director of Channel 24, Chief Executive Officer of Channel 24, Executive Director of Channel 24, Head of Program of Channel 24, Episode Producer of Muktobaak, broadcasted on 18 September 2013 at 11 am, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Anchor Muktoback, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, Trustee of Gonosastho Kendra and Mahfuz Ullah, and the General Secretary of the Center for Sustainable Development. The Order directed them to reply before 10 October, explaining why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them. The order further asked Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury and Mahfuz Ullah personally appear before the Tribunal to explain their position, and asked Channel 24 not to re-broadcast the episode of the talk-show in question in the Order. The Tribunal accused the guests on the show of improperly discussing a matted subjudice (under legal consideration by the Tribunal), without knowing all the facts. In so doing, the Tribunal alleged, Channel 24 and the guests could be held in contempt for deliberately calling the trial proceedings into question. Today was fixed for further proceedings of the case, but the lawyer representing Mahfuz Ullah sought additional time to submit a reply to the show-cause notice. Md Asaduzzam appeared on behalf of Channel 24. Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury appeared personally before the Tribunal and submitted a written reply of the notice. Thereafter, the Tribunal adjourned the proceedings of the case until 28 November 2013.
Prosecutor vs. Motiur Rahman Nizami
In the case against Motiur Rahman Nizami, the Prosecution continued closing arguments for the fourth day. The Prosecution’s submissions today covered Charge no 11, 12, 13 and 14. Thereafter, the Tribunal adjourned the proceedings of the case until tomorrow, 7 November 2013.