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Liberation War

Logical, open minds to make future leaders

Robi-Drishty Nat'l Debate Championship

Logical, open minds to make future leaders

The new generation with logical and open minds will lead the country in the future, speakers told the inaugural ceremony of Robi-Drishty National Debate Championship 2014 in Chittagong city yesterday. Debating helps people grow a logical mind, and logical people are required to push the country forward, said Wasika Ayesha Khan, an Awami League...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Qaisar verdict any day

Qaisar verdict any day

A special tribunal in Dhaka will deliver its verdict any day in war crimes case against former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaisar as the trial proceedings concluded today Qaisar, a former state minister of the Ershad regime, is facing 16 charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria during the Liberation War in 1971. After hearing prosecution’s rebuttal against defence’s argument, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 kept the case waiting for verdict. The tribunal also cancelled the bail of Qaisar and sent him to jail. An alleged local leader of Razakar and Peace Committee, two anti-liberation forces, Qaisar was charged for “participating and abetting” an act of genocide in 22...

PM blasts Zia's 'role' in Mujib killing

PM blasts Zia's 'role' in Mujib killing

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised late president Ziaur Rahman for what she said was his involvement in the Bangabandhu killing, destroying the spirit of the Liberation War and allowing the rise of fundamentalism. "Killer Rashid, in an interview with the BBC, admitted that Zia was behind the killing [of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman]," she...

Jabbar's war crimes trial starts on Sept 7

Jabbar's war crimes trial starts on Sept 7

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday framed five charges against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the country's Liberation War in 1971. Jabbar, who was chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee in Pirojpur in 1971, has been charged with murder, mass killing, looting and forced conversion committed during the war. After framing the charges, the tribunal fixed September 7 for starting the trial with opening statements and examination of prosecution witnesses. The accused had allegedly played a key role in the formation of Razakar Bhahini and had led the force in committing crimes in Mathbaria. Chairman of the three-member tribunal Justice M Enayetur Rahim said...

Two war crimes suspects held

Police yesterday arrested two suspected war criminals in Netrakona for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed in the district during the Liberation War in 1971. Obaidul Haque alias Abu Taher and Ataur Rahman alias Nani, alleged Razakars and residents of Mokhterpara in Netrakona, were held around 11:30am, about an hour after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 had issued warrants of arrest. Earlier in the morning, prosecutor Mukhlesur Rahman Badal filed a petition seeking their arrest as an investigator had found...

2 war crimes accused held in Netrakona

2 war crimes accused held in Netrakona

Two accused in a war crimes case were arrested by Netrakona police this morning. The arrestees -- Obaidul Hauque Taher and Ataur Rahaman Noni -- are residents of Mukyrpara in the town, reports our Netrakona correspondent. The duo was arrested as they were accused of a case filed for killing freedom fighter Badiuzzaman Mukta of...

Fake FF certificates of 31 more officials cancelled

Fake FF certificates of 31 more officials cancelled

The liberation war affairs ministry has cancelled the fake provisional freedom fighter certificates of another 31 government officials as well as the gazette notifications about their freedom fighter status. The ministry issued a notification in this regard today, saying the provisional freedom fighter certificates and the gazette notifications of 29 out of the 31...

Organisation's war crimes trial inevitable: Law minister

Organisation's war crimes trial inevitable: Law minister

Trial of any organisation involved in war crimes is inevitable to fulfill the expectation and desire of the countrymen, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. The draft proposal for amending international crimes tribunal act determining punishment for such organisations will be placed before the cabinet soon for its approval, the minister said. Once the cabinet approves the proposal, the punishment for the offence will be revealed, he said. The law minister’s comment came two days after US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen J Rapp opposed the trial of any political party or organisation for crimes against humanity. Rapp called for focusing on individuals who committed those crimes. He was talking to reporters after...

Award For Foreign Friends

Govt to launch further probe

The government has decided to run further investigations into alleged irregularities in procuring subpar crests awarded to the nation's foreign friends and organisations for their contributions to the country's Liberation War of 1971. Hedayetullah Al Mamun, senior secretary at the commerce ministry, will lead the three-member probe committee, which has been asked to submit its report “as early as possible”, Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, senior secretary at the public administration ministry, told The Daily Star last night. Mosharraf Hossain and Foyez...

ICT asks to produce war crimes suspect Forkan July 3

ICT asks to produce war crimes suspect Forkan July 3

A tribunal in Dhaka asked the inspector general of police (prison) to produce war crimes suspect Forkan Mallik before it on July 3 in a case filed for his alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War 1971. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 led by its Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan passed the order in...

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