Special tribunal set for Bangladesh cyber crimes trial

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Voice Bangladesh Desk:

Binary Matrix SecurityPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 31st 2012 signed a proposal which said ‘Cyber crimes are increasing globally day by day and it is very urgent in the circumstances to ensure ICT security.’ UK-based Economist in early December 2012 said that it had in its possession 17-hour conversation on Skype and 230 e-mails exchanged between former International Crimes Tribunal 1 chairman Justice Md Nizamul Huq and Bangladeshi expatriate in Brussels Ahmed Ziauddin. Nizamul Huq stepped down on December 11 as the tribunal 1 chair on the heels of media reports on his Skype conversations with lawyer Ziauddin at home and abroad. A local daily newspaper had published a series of reports on the conversation until the court imposed a ban on the publication of the personal talk on Skype recorded by some quarters by way of hacking.

In Dhaka government has completed all procedures to set up a special tribunal to deal with cyber crimes that include hacking, blackmailing, defaming individuals and extortions online. The cyber tribunal would be set up in the capital with the whole country under its jurisdiction.

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Official said the issuance of a gazette notification on the establishment of the tribunal under the Information and Communications Technology Act 2006 to exclusive try online crimes in a speedy manner approved by the law ministry on 24th January. ‘The document has been sent to the BG Press for gazette notification after approval of all the authorities concerned. We are now looking for a judge having the knowledge of ICT for appointment at the cyber tribunal.’ The government in keeping with the ICT law could transfer any such cases filed earlier with other courts to the cyber tribunal.

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