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Charge framed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

Charge framed against Forkan ‘Razakar’

A tribunal in Dhaka today framed five charges against suspected war criminal Forkan Mallik for his alleged crimes against humanity committed in Patuakhali during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. A Razakar commander in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali, the 63-year-old was involved in anti-liberation Muslim League, according to the case statement. Forkan pleaded not guilty when the International Crimes Tribunal-2 read out the charges against him. Later, the tribunal fixed January 19 for beginning the trial. Prosecution on November 17 pressed eight charges against the alleged Razakar commander, hails from Chailabunia...

Arrest warrant against Tarique

Arrest warrant against Tarique

A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrant for BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman in a defamation case for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a ‘top Razakar,’ hours after 5 cases were filed against him. Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan ordered the arrest after Dhaka judges court lawyer Mostafizur Rahman Dulal filed a defamation case...

Mobarak appeals against death penalty

Mobarak appeals against death penalty

Convicted war criminal Mobarak Hossain today challenged the death penalty awarded him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. Mobarok submitted an 82-page appeal before the Supreme Court seeking his acquittal of all the two charges on which he was found guilty. He also...

AL's 'illegal power grab' ruined spirit of 1971: BNP

The ruling Awami League has destroyed the spirit of the Liberation War by "grabbing power illegally", BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday. "Establishment of democracy and fundamental rights was the spirit of the Liberation War," he told reporters after BNP chief Khaleda Zia placed a wreath at the grave of party founder and former president Ziaur Rahman in the capital, marking Victory Day. "...we are sorry to say after 43 years of independence, the illegal government is...

Tarique asked to apologise for calling Bangabandhu ‘Razakar’

Tarique asked to apologise for calling Bangabandhu ‘Razakar’

A Supreme Court lawyer today sent a legal notice to BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman asking him to apologise unconditionally to the nation for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a “Razakar, murderer and Pakbandhu" (friend of Pakistan). Advocate Momtazuddin Ahmed Mehedi sent the notice saying that Tarique reportedly told at a BNP meeting in...

To those whom we owe our flag …

To those whom we owe our flag …

The Liberation War of Bangladesh was fought by people from all walks of life, and artists and cultural activists were often at the heart of it. While some of them provided moral and medical support at refugee camps and hospitals, others went on to the heart of the battle, and it was every single piece of those countless contributions over nine months of blood, sweat and tears that culminated in the Independence of Bangladesh. On the 43rd anniversary of Bangladesh's emergence on the map, Star Arts & Entertainment looks back at the valiant contributions of some of the most respected artistes and creative minds of our country. Mustafa Monowar, artist-puppeteer The...

Tarique now terms Bangabandhu ‘Razakar’

Tarique now terms Bangabandhu ‘Razakar’

Stating that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman banned the Awami League himself, BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman now says that the act makes the 1971 leader a “bigger Razakar.” “Awami League claims that their party is the party of Liberation War. But, Sheikh Mujib banned Awami League himself. So, that makes Mujib a bigger Razakar,”...

Pakistani journalists recall horror of atrocities in Dhaka

Pakistani journalists recall horror of atrocities in Dhaka

The creation of Bangladesh is one of the most sensitive and tragic chapters in the history of Pakistan. While the trauma of partition may now be behind us, stories of 1971 still raise hackles among anyone who lived through that era. While there are two, very forceful narratives on what exactly happened, history is...

ICT law to try organisations in next JS session: Minister

ICT law to try organisations in next JS session: Minister

A bill amending the law to let the tribunals try and punish organisations for war crimes will be placed during the next parliament session for approval, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said today. “They who committed crimes in 1971 using religion should be tried. People of the country also want their trials,”...

War criminals' backers working against humanity

The so-called pro-democracy and human rights campaigners backing war criminals of the 1971 Liberation War in exchange for money are actually working against humanity, opined children of the Liberation War martyrs yesterday. “An evil quarter, in the pretext of protecting human rights, is trying to thwart the ongoing trial of a few people who led genocide in 1971 in the excuse of saving Pakistan and killed and abetted in killing intellectuals in a planned way,” they said. “We have been regretfully...

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