The Plot Thickens

Last week I WTF Friday’d an accusation from the Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal that The Economist was interfering with its work and invading the privacy of a judge. The court alleged that the newspaper was in possession of private messages between presiding judge Mohammad Nizamul Huq and expat Bangladeshi lawyer Ahmed Ziauddin, obtained when Huq’s computer was hacked.

On Saturday, The Economist fired back, reporting that indeed it had received a bunch of recorded conversations and emails between Huq and Ahmed, and they demonstrated that, contrary to statements given by both men, Mr. Ahmed was advising the tribunal’s work.

This seemed like kind of a weird thing for The Economist to get excited about, given that “tribunal judge solicits input from expert on international law” isn’t exactly a juicy headline, but this morning, Huq resigned.

I have to assume there’s more to this story. Anyone know what it is?

WTF Friday, 12/7/2012

This one’s a genuine “WTF?”

Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal (currently trying individuals for mass atrocities committed during the 1971 independence war) is not pleased with The Economist.

An order issued by Tribunal Chairman Mohammad Nizamul Huq accuses the publication of interfering with an ongoing trial and invading the privacy of a judge. According to the order, Justice Huq’s computer was hacked, and soon afterwards, an Economist journalist called and asked him about private email exchanges regarding the work of the tribunal.

Huq’s not taking this one lying down; his order threatens “punitive action” and demands that the paper respond with an explanation for its conduct within 3 weeks. The Economist has not commented on the situation.

Oh, Bangladesh

Kevin Heller thinks that Bangladesh’s State Minister for Liberation Affairs ought to have done his homework before publicly stating that it will request that the ICC try Pakistani troops for war crimes that allegedly took place during the country’s war of liberation:

“A good idea in theory, to be sure. But two small practical problems: neither Bangladesh nor Pakistan is a member of the ICC, and Bangladesh’s war for liberation ended — successfully — in 1971, 31 years before the beginning of the ICC’s temporal jurisdiction”

Law Fail.