The 22nd January will remain one of the most memorable and a historical day for the nation as the first verdict against a collaborator of Pakistani occupation forces was delivered from International Crimes Tribulnal-2. The judges showed unprecedented discretion as well as bravery in delivering their maiden verdict sentencing Abul Kalam Azad (Bachchu Razakar) to death by hanging. Charges like killing, rape, abduction, torture and arson, and genocide were brought against the convict and all proved to be true except one. The historic judgment was given accordingly.
Surprisingly enough, it took us four decades to try a war criminal. Prior to this, the successive governments after the assassination of Bangabandhu took no action against the war criminals. Instead, they withdrew all the cases against the war criminals and rehabilitated them. Such is the irony of an independent nation. But our premier Sheikh Hasina, according to her commitment to the nation, rid the nation of the stigma by bringing some most notorious war criminals under the trial process through forming ICT. As one verdict has been delivered, we hope the verdicts in other eight cases will come soon too. We express our cordial thanks to the premier for her courage.