SC asks govt to relocate ICT from its premises

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Dhaka, August 23: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday asked the government to relocate the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) from its premises.

In a letter, office of the Supreme Court Registrar General on Monday last asked the Ministry of Law to relocate the ICT from the Old High Court building.

The ministry received the letter on Tuesday, says Law and Justice Division secretary ASSM Zahirul Huque.

M Sabbir Faiz, Additional Registrar (Admin and Judicial) of the High Court Division said they sent the letter to the ministry on Sunday citing accommodation problem.

The ICT was set up at the Old High Court building on 26 March 2010 for the trial of war criminals. Later, it started its function at the Old High Court building at Abdul Ghani Road.

A three-member tribunal led by Justice Md Nizamul Huque formally started its journey on July 26 of that year. Two other members of the tribunal were Justice ATM Fazle Kabir and Justice AKM Zahir Ahmed.

Arrest warrants were issued against four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders–Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Kader Molla–on that day after hearing of a case related to crimes against humanity. These four people have already been executed.