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Liberation War

Charge framing decision against 3 Bagerhat Razakers Nov 5

Charge framing decision against 3 Bagerhat Razakers Nov 5

A tribunal in Dhaka today fixed November 5 to decide whether it will frame charges against three suspected war criminals of Bagerhat for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 led by Justice M Enayetur Rahim came up with the decision after concluding hearing...

Law minister for stopping president’s clemency to convicted war criminals

Law minister for stopping president’s clemency to convicted war criminals

Law Minister Anisul Huq today underscored the need for bringing an amendment to the constitution so that the convicted war criminals cannot get president’s clemency in future. “It is no possible for us to accept in future that a president of Bangladesh pardons a convict of the 1971 crimes against humanity exercising Article 49 of the constitution,” he said. The minister was speaking to reporters after attending a opening ceremony of a training course of the joint district judges at the capital's Biam auditorium. Article 49 of the constitution says: “The President shall have power to grant pardons, reprieves and respites and to remit, suspend or commute any sentence passed by any...

Liberation War and the politics of historical reasoning

FACTS and history are intimately related, but they are not quite identical. Fact is something that has already happened. Its objective occurrence cannot be altered. And yet fact is also inherently fragile. For fact is passive and static, while the world that receives it is always changing. Nevertheless, getting facts right is essential to the construction of historical accounts. But history is also a narrative that requires judgment on the part of knowers. What has been interesting in the...

Gen Manzur Murder

CID given 4 more months to probe

CID given 4 more months to probe

A Dhaka court yesterday granted the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) three more months for a further investigation into the 1981 murder of Maj General Abul Manzur. Manzur, a sector commander of the Liberation War, was killed at Chittagong Cantonment on June 1 of the year, just two days into the assassination of the then president Ziaur Rahman. Judge (in charge) Badrul Alam, of the First Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court, asked CID to complete the probe by January 8 next year after the investigating agency submitted a petition seeking more time. This is for the fourth time Abdul Kahar Akond, a special superintendent of police of CID, who is in-charge of...

Imran-led faction declares 3-day programme

Imran-led faction declares 3-day programme

A Gonojagoron Mancha faction today announced a three-day programme to press home its different demands including filing review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee. Speaking at a protest rally in Shahbagh, Imran H Sarker, spokesperson of the faction, this evening said they will arrange a mass procession towards...

Produce 2 war crimes suspects on Sept 23

The war crimes tribunal yesterday directed the jail authorities to produce before it on September 23 two suspects for crimes against humanity committed in Chapainawabganj during the Liberation War. Mahidur Rahman, 84, of Dadanchak village, and Afsar Hossain alias Chutu, 65, of Satrosia village, of the district, were arrested on Tuesday in a criminal case. The duo, now in Chapainawabganj jail, had allegedly been members of Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistan army, in 1971.    The International Crimes Tribunal-2...

India gives historic Dakota aircraft to Bangladesh

India gives historic Dakota aircraft to Bangladesh

The India Air Force on Thursday handed over a Dakota aircraft from the IAF museum to the Bangladesh Air Force, following a request from Bangladesh for the plane that played a pivotal role in the country's liberation. The aircraft was gifted by Western Air Command chief Air Marshal S.S. Soman to Bangladesh Air chief,...

JAILED until DEATH

JAILED until DEATH

Spared the gallows, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee will now be in prison until his death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. The Supreme Court yesterday commuted his death sentence handed down by International Crimes Tribunal-1 on February 28 last year on charges of killing, abduction, torture, rape and forced...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Azharul verdict any day

Azharul verdict any day

A tribunal in Dhaka today concluded hearing arguments in a war crimes case against Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam and will deliver its verdict any day. The 62-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general faces six charges including murder, genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Alleged Al-Badr commander of Rangpur, Azharul...

Expectation not fulfilled, says attorney general

Expectation not fulfilled, says attorney general

Expressing dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court verdict in war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today said the judgement did not fulfill his expectation. "I had expected that the apex court will uphold death sentence of Sayedee that International Crimes Tribunal-1 delivered," Alam said. "But we did not get...

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