Published:  03:51 AM, 12 November 2019

Tureen removed from ICT for misconduct

Tureen removed from ICT for misconduct
Dr Tureen Afroz, a prosecutor of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), has been removed from her post on Monday for breaching discipline and professional conduct and committing serious misconduct. The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs issued a circular signed by Law and Justice Division's Solicitor Wing Deputy Solicitor SM Nahid
Nazmin, to this effect on Monday.

Law ministry sources said an investigation found proof that Dr Tureen committed offense under the Service Rules of February 20, 2013 of International Crimes Tribunal by making contact with a war crime accused. They said the record of Tureen's conversation with the accused is at their hand.

According to the investigation report, Tureen Afroz had met war crime accused Md Wahidul Haque and asked him to go into hiding saying that a warrant was issued for his arrest. Quoting the report, the ministry sources said Tureen demanded money from Wahidul Haque in exchange for helping him in the case.

The chief prosecutor's office of ICT requested the law ministry to launch an investigation against Tureen over her alleged meeting held secretly with Wahidul, a director general of Directorate of Passports and Immigration, and National Security Intelligence (NSI). Wahidul Haque and was arrested on April 24, 2018. Later, he was sent to jail a day later. Motiur Rahman was the investigative officer of that case, ICT sources said.

A letter, signed by Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arief Tipoo, said that Tureen held a meeting with war crimes accused and former acting director general of NSI Wahidul Haque at a hotel. During the period Wahidul recorded the conversation between him and Tureen. The investigation agency got a copy of the conversation. In response to a query from The Asian Age regarding her removal from the post of prosecutor, Dr. Tureen Afroz said she has performed as a prosecutor with hundred percent honesty during her job period.

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