Verdict leak: SQ Chy’s wife, son indicted
The former BNP MP from Chittagong was executed in November last year for crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s Liberation War..
His wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury, son Hummam Quader Chowdhury and four other accused pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on Monday. Another accused is absconding.
Apart from Farhat and Hummam, the other accused are Salauddin Quader’s lawyer Fakhrul Islam and manager Mahbubul Ahsan, Mehedi Hasan, a staff to lawyer Islam, and two ICT employees Nayan Ali and Faruk Hossain.
On Oct 1 2013, Salauddin Quader, found guilty of atrocities during the 1971 war, was given the death sentence by the ICT.
But before the verdict was announced, the BNP leader’s wife and other members of the family had showed ‘copies of the verdict’ to journalists, claiming they had found them on the internet.
Amid a furore over the incident, the ICT admitted that the draft of the verdict had indeed been leaked and the tribunal registrar had filed the case with police..
Police had pressed charges against the seven in August 2014.
The ICT employees had confessed to court their involvement in the leaking of the tribunal verdict.
Those two and Fakhrul Islam were arrested in October and November, respectively, in 2014.
The High Court in December last year granted Islam bail in the case.
Salauddin Quader had moved the Supreme Court challenging his death sentence. But the Appellate Division upheld his punishment.
He was hanged on Nov 21 last year after the top appeals court also threw out his petition to review the death penalty.