A tribunal in Dhaka on Thursday deferred until February 15 the charge-framing against seven people, including the wife, a son and a counsel of executed war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in a case filed in connection with the leakage of the draft verdict on the BNP leader.
Judge KM Samsul Alam of the Cyber Crime Tribunal of Dhaka fixed the date following a petition filed by Feroz Alam, a lawyer of Salauddin Chowdhury's wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury.
Salauddin Chowdhury’s son Humman Quader Chowdhury and lawyer AKM Fakhrul Islam were present during the hearing.
Talking to reporters, Feroz Alam said they sought the time as Farhat Quader Chowdhury went to Singapore for treatment.
On August 28, 2014, Inspector of Detective Branch M Shajahan submitted a charge sheet with the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court against Farhat Quader Chowdhury, Humman Quader Chowdhury, Salauddin’s manager Mahbubul Afsan, AKM Fakhrul Islam, Fakhrul's associate Advocate Mehedi Hasan, and two staff of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 Nayan Ali and Faruq Hossain.
On October 1, 2013, ICT-1 sentenced BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to death after finding him guilty of committing crimes against humanity and genocide during the liberation war in 1971.
However, some draft portions of the verdict were posted in the internet several hours before pronouncing the verdict.
Later, showing the copy of the draft of verdict Salauddin's wife and son raised complaint that the verdict was originated from the Law Ministry.
On October 4, a case was filed with Shahabagh Police Station under sections 57 and 63 of Information and Communication Technology Act.
Later, DB police arrested AKM Fakhrul Islam from his chamber at Segunbagicha in the capital on November 20 that year.
On December 7, 2015, the High Court granted interim bail for one year to Barrister Fakhrul Islam in the case, according to UNB. - Idrak