Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Hearing on Taher case now on Dec 13

BLHouse Report

Hearing on the writ petition filed challenging legality of martial law trial of Col Abu Taher and 16 others was adjourned till December 13 yesterday (December 7).

A bench of the High Court comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain differed the hearing following time prayers of the government and the petitioner.

Additional Attorney General MK Rahman told the reporters that he said in the court that they could not get yet records other than a list of names of persons sentenced in 1976 and 1977 under the trial.

He said they were waiting for necessary other documents including the copy of the verdict, under which Taher was hanged, on the martial law trial.

After that the court set December 13 for next hearing on the matter.

MK Rahman told reporters that the trail was illegal as the judgment delivered by the High Court Division on Fifth Amendment and the Appellate Division also upheld the HC judgment.

As per some secret documents submitted to the court on the martial law trail, Col Taher was awarded as 'Bir Uttam', he added.

Earlier, office of the Inspector General (IG) Prison in a report informed the court that 13 civilians and military personnel including Col Taher were tried and sentenced to death on different dates of 1976 and 1977.

The death sentence of Col Taher was executed at 4:30 am on July 21 in 1976 at the Dhaka Central Jail, the IG Prison office said.

The HC earlier on August 23, following a writ petition, issued a three-week rule upon the government to explain why the proceedings of the secret trial held under the martial law court in 1976 would not be declared illegal. Hearing on the rule started on Monday.

Col Taher’s wife Lutfa Taher, his brother Prof Anwar Hossain, Fatema Yusuf, wife of Taher's brother Abu Yusuf jointly filed the Writ petition on August 22.

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