Chief Prosecutor vs Salauddin Qader Chowdhury: Defense Application for Removal of Chief Prosecutor; Contempt Proceedings vs. Ziauddin (Accused Not Present)
Chief Prosecutor vs Delwar Hossain Sayedee: Defense Resubmission of Closing Arguments (Accused Present)
The Tribunal passed and order in response to the two defense applications seeking the removal of prosecutor Zead al-Malum. They additionally took note of the request by Chowdhury’s Defense counsel for contempt proceedings against Ziauddin (in connection with the Skype controversy). In the Sayedee case the Defense counsel filed two applications for review of orders rejecting previous applications made regarding 1) opportunity to inspect process and summons orders made for witness statements made under section 19(2) – providing for out-of-court statements made to the Investigating Officer to be admitted into evidence without the live testimony of the witness, and 2) recall of two witnesses. The Defense also noted a lack of access to documents submitted by the Prosecution.Thereafter, Mizanul Islam Defence Counsel of Delwar Hossain Sayedee began placing Closing Arguments for that case.
The Tribunal said that Motiur Rahman Nizami and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s cases will be heard before the court on January 23, 2013.
Today the Tribunal heard matters in the following cases:
Chief Prosecutor vs Delwar Hossain Sayedee: Response to Yesterday’s Applications (Accused Present in Court)
Chief Prosecutor vs Salauddin Quader Chowdhury: Contempt Proceedings against Defense Counsel, Hearing of Application for Removal of Prosecutor (Accused Present in Court)
Chief Prosecutor vs Golam Azam: Defence Case-in-Chief (Accused Not Present)
In the Sayedee case the Tribunal rejected the six applications filed by the Defense yesterday, January 13. The Tribunal stated that it had already given orders pertaining to the issues raised and that it would be redundant to deal with them again.
In the Chowdhury case, the court issued an order to show cause for contempt against Defense counsel Fakhrul Islam. The Tribunal also rejected an application from Defense counsel Ahsanul Huq Hena requesting the adjournment of the tribunal until the contempt proceedings against foreign lawyer Dr. Ziauddin (implicated in the Skype controversy) had been disposed of.
The Tribunal heard joint arguments from the defense for Chowdhury and Golam Azam in favor of their application to remove lead Prosecutor Zead al-Malum.
The Tribunal then heard arguments from the Golam Azam Defense team in favor of their application to allow the skype conversations and emails between the former Chairman Nizamul Hoque and foreign lawyer Dr. Ahmed Ziauddin to be exhibited before the court.