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''The people of Bangla Desh are united in the fight for their just demands.''

Freedom In The Offing

''The people of Bangla Desh are united in the fight for their just demands.''

Ramesh Chandra: Madam, the Indo-Soviet Treaty has been acclaimed by the overwhelming majority of the people of India. What would you say could be the reason for this near unanimous welcome? Indira Gandhi: Friendship between India and the Soviet Union has grown in many directions over the years. In the international arena, we have...

2 war crimes accused held in Cox’s Bazar

2 war crimes accused held in Cox’s Bazar

Police arrested two persons accused in a war crimes case in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar this afternoon. The arrestees -- Md Rashid, 83, and Salamat Ullah Khan, 80, -- were respectively general secretary and president of Maheshkhali Thana Peace Committee during the 1971 Liberation War, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent. Earlier in the day,...

Law minister’s remark on SC judge was not right: SCBA chief

Law minister’s remark on SC judge was not right: SCBA chief

The Supreme Court Bar Association president today strongly protested Law Minister Anisul Huq’s comment on a dissenting verdict by a Supreme Court judge in a war crimes case. The law minister’s remark about giving and writing judgment by a SC judge is similar to “serious contempt of court”, SCBA President Khandker Mahbub Hossain said while addressing a press conference at its auditorium.  Anisul on Monday told a programme in Dhaka that giving dissenting verdict and not writing it by a judge might be part of a conspiracy, according to a report published in the Bangla daily Prothom Alo today. “A judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has given a...

Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Qaisar appeals against death penalty

Former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar today challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. His lawyer Joynul Abedin Tuhin submitted the 50-page appeal, along with necessary documents, with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court around...

Lyricist Gobinda Halder passes away

Lyricist Gobinda Halder passes away

Lyricist Gobinda Halder, whose patriotic songs had inspired millions of Bangalees during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, died at a Kolkata hospital today after suffering from a prolonged illness at the age of 84. Halder breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Jitendra Nath Roy Hospital in Kolkata at 10:20am (Local time), said Mofakkharul...

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Individuals who were concerned of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman’s conviction in a contempt charge against a war crimes tribunal will now have to clarify their say. All those who gave out the statement of concern will have to clarify their statement by January 27, Mustafizur Rahman, registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT),...

Key man behind forming Al-Badr at Rangpur

Key man behind forming Al-Badr at Rangpur

Because of his profound belief in united Pakistan, he ended up becoming the chief of Rangpur district unit Al-Badr, notorious auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation army, during the Liberation War in 1971. He actively took part in mass killing and acts of genocide and several other crimes against humanity. The man -- ATM...

Azhar's War Crimes

Pregnant woman got no mercy

She was six months pregnant and begged for mercy from the Pakistan army and war crimes convict ATM Azharul Islam. But her pleas fell on deaf ears and three army men gang raped her at her neighbour's house until she lost all consciousness around noon on a day between August and September, 1971. Azharul and the army men also looted valuables of her house and Tk 1,600, which her husband had left her for food and maintenance before he left for...

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

The defence counsel appeared disappointed after a war crimes tribunal handed death to Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam today. “The tribunal gave Azharul Islam death on three counts based on the evidence presented by the prosecution,” said Tajul Islam, the spokesperson of the defence counsel. “But, it would have been appropriate if those...

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha pleased with Azharul’s verdict

Gonojagoron Mancha brought out a procession of joy in Dhaka today after Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam was handed death by a war crimes tribunal. “We are pleased on the verdict,” Mancha faction spokesperson Imran H Sarker said. “This verdict reflects the desire of the people and all the victims of the atrocities of...

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