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17. Februar 2013 7 17 /02 /Februar /2013 20:41

 

ICT (Amendment) Bill, 2013 passed in JS
 
SANGSAD BHABAN, Feb 17, 2013 (BSS)-The Jatiya Sangsad today passed the 'International Crimes (Tribunals) (Amendment) Bill, 2013 in an amendment form allowing the government or complainant or informant to appeal to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the tribunal's verdict. 

The law also empowers the war crimes tribunals to try and punish any organisation alongside any individual for committing crimes against humanity during the country's War of Liberation in 1971.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafiq Ahmed moved the bill in the House that was later passed in voice votes amid thunderous applauses and thumping of desks by the lawmakers at about 5 pm. 

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina and other senior leaders of the ruling alliance were present in the House during passage of the bill with Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate in the chair.

Earlier, the law minister placed the bill in the parliament on February 13 which was subsequently sent to the concerned parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny and reporting back to the House. The committee accordingly submitted the report on February 14. 

As the law minister moved the bill in the House, Workers Party President and veteran parliamentarian Rashed Khan Menon brought an amendment to the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) law empowering the war crimes tribunals to try and punish any organisation along with an individual for committing crimes against humanity in 1971. The House accepted the amendment.

According to the law, a person convicted of any crime specified in section 3 of the law and sentenced by a tribunal may appeal to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against an order of acquittal or an order of sentence. 

The bill says an appeal under sub-section (1) or (2) shall be preferred within 30 days from the date of conviction and sentence, or acquittal or any sentence. No appeal shall lie after the expiry of the aforesaid period.

The appeal shall be disposed of within 60 days from the date of its filling and according to the law applicant shall submit all documents as may be relied upon by him at the time of filling the appeal.
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