Abdur Razzaq (barrister)

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Abdur Razzaq
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Beanibazar, Sylhet, Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Nationality Bangladeshi, British
Occupation Lawyer
Known for Chief defence counsel at ICT

Abdur Razzaq (born 1949) is a Bangladeshi barrister and Assistant Secretary General of political party Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.[1] He was the chief defence counsel at Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal until the end of 2013, when he left Dhaka for London.[2] There he practices at the English Bar.[3]

International Crimes Tribunal[edit]

Razzaq was the chief defence counsel at Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal, where Jamaat leaders, in particular, were indicted.[1] Among those defended by Razzaq were former leader Ghulam Azam, leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, executive council member Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, and Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah.[4][5][6][7][8] Razzaq allegedly was harassed in various ways by government officials to make it difficult for him to perform his professional duties.[2][9][10] Human Rights Watch called for him to be allowed to conduct a full and fair defence without hindrance.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Ahmed, Tanim (January 4, 2013). "'Sabotaging? Oh no, no way'". bdnews24.com (Interview). Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Niloy, Suliman (August 10, 2014). "Jamaat's Barrister Abdur Razzaq's return being stalled". bdnews24.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ Razzaq, Abdur (March 3, 2016). "Citizens are also responsible for Bangladesh violence". Al Jazeera (Opinion). Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ "War crimes charges accepted". The Daily Star. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Nizami, Mollah indicted". The Daily Star. May 29, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ "ICT order today on witnesses' statements". The Daily Star. March 29, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Prosecution failed to prove: Defence". The Daily Star. May 31, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mollah to seek review: Defence". The Daily Star. September 17, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cops look for bombs at Razzaq's chamber". The Daily Star. July 6, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Govt harassing chief defence counsel". The Daily Star. October 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bangladesh: Stop Harassment of Defense at War Tribunal". Human Rights Watch. November 2, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bangladesh: End Harassment of War Crimes Defense Counsel". Human Rights Watch. October 17, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2017.