The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Wednesday initiated contempt proceedings against 23 eminent citizens and served show causes as to why they would not be tried for contempt of court for issuing statement over punishing journalist David Bergman. A bench comprising of justice Obaidul Hassan, justice Md. Mazibur Rahman Miah and justice Shahinur Islam passed the order and asked them to submit their responses by April 23, 2015. The citizens are Shireen Huq, Zafrullah Chowdhury, CR Abrar, Ali Ahmed Ziauddin, Farida Akhtar, Dina D’ Costa, Afsan Chowdhury, Rahnuma Ahmed, Shahidul Alam, Leesa Gazi, Anu Muhammad, Lubna Marium, Zarina Nahar Kabir, Shabnam Nadia, Muktasree Chakma Sathi, Mahmud Rahman, Nasreen Siraj Allie, Hana Shams Ahmed, Anusheh Anadil, Delwar Hossain, Masud Khan, Tibra Ali and Ziaur Rahman. The tribunal asked Bangladesh’s missions abroad to send the order to the respondents living in foreign countries. Professionals, intellectuals and activists through a statement on December 18 expressed their concerns over International War Crimes Tribunal’s contempt judgment on journalist David Bergman. ‘We express our deep concern about the use of contempt of court law to curb freedom of expression and at the recent conviction and sentencing of journalist David Bergman by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on charges of “contempt of court”,’ the statement said. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on December 2 sentenced New Age’s contributing special correspondent David Bergman to token imprisonment till the day’s court hours on charge of contempt of court for using ‘derogatory and unfair words and phrases’ about the tribunal judgement in two articles posted on his personal blog.
Source: New Age