International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 on Thursday issued a warrant for arrest of Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury in connection with a contempt verdict, which has already been stayed by the country's apex court.
The three-member Tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hassan passed the order due to non-payment of a Tk 5,000 fine it ordered to pay in a judgement delivered earlier. The tribunal's Acting Deputy Registrar Md Aftabuzzaman confirmed issuance of the arrest warrant to the Daily Observer.
The registrar's office said the tribunal issued the arrest warrant for Zafrullah's failure to pay the fine as the deadline expired Thursday.
The ICT-2 on June 10 imprisoned Zafrullah Chowdhury for an hour at the court on charge of criticising the punishment the court gave to British journalist and blogger David Bergman. The court also fined him with Tk 5,000 payable within seven days. In default, he would have to serve one month in jail, the court ordered.
Zafrullah, in the meantime, moved the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, which on Tuesday stayed the tribunal's verdict until 5 July. The registrar's office of the tribunal, however, is saying that they did not get copy of the Supreme Court order yet.
Earlier, on January 14, the ICT-2 issued contempt notice against 49 persons who had expressed concern through a statement published on daily Prothom Alo after Bergman's punishment by the tribunal, asking them to explain their statement and conduct.