Law ministry on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to reconsider its stand on relocating International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) from its present address at Old High Court Building and handing over the century-old installation to the apex court, BSS reports.
In a letter signed by senior assistant secretary (administration) Qazi Mushfique Mahbub Robin, the ministry said, "it would not be right to relocate the tribunal from its present address and hand over the building to the Bangladesh Supreme Court."
Terming the Old High Court Building as "a historical and heritage installation," the letter said, "Relocating the tribunal from this building will not be acceptable to all and it would create anger among people and would bring Bangladesh Supreme Court under question from people of the country."
"The present government set up the tribunal in the building after not finding any suitable and safe place to hold trial of people involved in different crimes including war crimes, genocide, rape, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, during the War of Liberation in 1971. Trials of many notorious war criminals have been held by this tribunal. For these, the importance of this building has gone up manifolds. People of Bangladesh want to keep the trial to go on in this building by upholding the importance of this historical installation," it added.
From the letter it was learned that the apex court through a letter dated December 4 had asked the ministry to relocate the tribunal from the building and hand the installation over to it.
A couple of months ago, the apex court sent a letter for the first time to the ministry asking it to relocate the tribunal to accommodate its (Supreme Court) own operation.