Gholam Azam Case Timeline

Chief Prosecutor Vs.Professor Golam Azam

Date Event
December 12, 2011 Prosecution submitted Formal Charge
January 5, 2012 Re-submission of Formal Charge
January 09, 2012 Cognizance of offense was taken by the Tribunal
January, 11, 2012 The Tribunal  directed Golam Azam to appear on January 11, 2012
January, 11, 2012 Accused appeared before the Tribunal
March
25, 2012
Justice
ATM Fazle Kabir is transferred to Tribunal 2, replaced by  Justice Anwarul Haq
May 13, 2012 Tribunal issued Charge Framing Order
June 05, 2012 Opening statements Begin
June 10, 2012 Adjourned for two weeks to submit Defense documents and
list of Defense Witnesses
July 1, 2012 Prosecution begins Case-in -Chief; Defense submitted a
list of 2939 potential witnesses
July 10, 2012 Prosecution applied for cancellation of the list of 2939 Defense
Witnesses
August
28, 2012
Member Judge Zaheer Ahmed resigned
August 29, 2012 Judge Jahangir appointed to Tribunal 1, replacing Judge
Zaheer Ahmed
October 8, 2012 Tribunal disposed of the application for cancellation of
the list of Defense Witnesses with an order limiting the Defense to
a list of 12 Defense Witnesses, to be submitte by October 14, 2012.   
November 12, 2012 Defense begins Case-in-Chief and DW 1 begins providing testimony
December 9, 2012 Opposition blockade called; only defense counsel
Mizanur Rahman was present. Tribunal issued order that if defense did not
produce its witness on Monday, December 10, they would be barred from
producing further witnesses
December 10, 2012 Tribunal instructed defense to bring witness to court
in time for the afternoon session. Upon failure of witness to appear the
court issued an order barring further defense witnesses unless Defense
presented satisfactory explanation for its failure to come to court.
December 13, 2012 Chairman of Tribunal-1 resigned after ongoing Skype scandal. Faizle Kabir
appointed chairman of Tribunal 1
December 17, 2012 Defense sought one-week adjournment for preparation of closing arguments. Tribunal granted two day adjournment and set Closing Arguments to begin December 19, 2012
December 19, 2012 The Defense submitted and Application for Retrial based on allegations of bias, collusion and fraud committed by the Judges and Prosecution in relation to the alleged Skype controversy.
December 19, 2012 The Defense submitted and Application for Retrial based on allegations of bias, collusion and fraud committed by the Judges and Prosecution in relation to the alleged Skype controversy.
January 3, 2013 Tribunal 1 rejected the Defense Application for Retrial
January 9, 2013 DW 1 continued providing testimony
January 9, 2013 Defense filed Application for Desqualification of Prosecutor Zead-al-Malum due to alleged involvement in the Skype scandal
February 3, 2013 Prosecution began cross-examination of DW 1
February 14, 2013 Defense submitted Application requesting additional time to produce Defense witnesses, claiming that their original list was afraid to testify due to ongoing protests at Shahbagh.
February 17, 2013 The Tribunal rejected the Defense application and instructed the Prosecution to begin Closing Arguments.
March 4, 2013 Prosecution completed their Closing Arguments
March 5, 2013 Defense began Closing Arguments
April 15, 2013 Defense completed Closing Arguments
April 17, 2013 Prosecution submitted their Reply. The Tribunal closed the case awaiting verdict.

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