The High Court yesterday (January 18) summoned Maj Gen (retd) Nurul Islam Shishu who was allegedly involved in forming the military tribunal that passed death sentence on Col Abu Taher in 1976.
An HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain asked him to appear before the court on January 26 and place statement over the trial of Taher.
Nurul Islam hailing from Pirojpur lives at Oklahoma in the US along with his family, the government informed the court.
The court also ordered the secretaries to cabinet division, ministries of foreign affairs and defence, and Pirojpur deputy commissioner to ensure Nurul Islam's appearance in the court.
Additional Attorney General MK Rahman told The Daily Star that the authorities concerned would try to bring Nurul Islam back to country.
The bench passed the order during the hearing on a writ petition challenging the legality of martial law regulation under which the military tribunal was constituted.
Earlier yesterday, AMM Shawkat Ali, a former deputy commissioner of Dhaka, placed statement before the bench over the trial and execution of Taher.
Abdul Ali, a first class magistrate in 1976 and one of the five judges of the military tribunal, told the court on January 13 Shawkat had directed him to join the tribunal as its member.
Shawkat, however, yesterday said he did not know Abdul Ali.
Taher's Trial could have been held under the regular legal framework, since he was not a military officer in 1976, said the former DCDetails