The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Wednesday asked 49 noted citizens to explain their stance on their signed statement over its judgment punishing British-origin journalist David Bergman for contempt of court.
Passing the order, the three-member tribunal headed by Justice Obaidul Hassan set January 27 to submit their explanations before it either appearing in person or through lawyers.
As 11 out of the 49 citizens have been staying abroad, the tribunal asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit their explanations before it after collecting those from abroad through the Bangladesh foreign missions concerned.
In compliance with the last December 31 tribunal order, rights activist Dr Shahdeen Malik, the first signatory to the statement, furnished the addresses of the signatories.
On December 2 last year, the tribunal after a lengthy hearing convicted David Bergman, also son in-law of noted jurist Dr Kamal Hossain, president of Gono Forum and a former minister, and sentenced him to a symbolic jail term with a fine and accordingly the convict-contemnor served the sentence and paid the fine.
On December 20 last year, the Prothom Alo, a vernacular daily, published the statement titled, ‘50 citizens express concern punishing Bergman’. Later, Khushi Kabir, one of the signatories, retracted her name from the impugned statement.
On its own motion, the tribunal on December 28 asked the Prothom Alo editor to submit before it a copy of the full text of the statement over its judgment against David Bergman, now working at the daily New Age here, for contempt of court.
Source: BD Chronicle