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Maj Gen Manzoor Murder Case

Murder most foul . . .

GROUND REALITIES

Murder most foul . . .

LAWRENCE Lifschultz's reflections on the murder of Major General Mohammad Abul Manzur in June 1981 are, for the nation's political leadership as also for the people of Bangladesh, a broad hint that all past conspiracies should be investigated in their totality and the truth behind them revealed. The good part of our otherwise sad post-1975 history is that a beginning has been made, through bringing the assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to justice. The process of a fresh new judicial look at the jail killings of November...

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

IN the years that followed General Ershad and his associates would articulate several variations on the theme of “angry troops”, “agitated soldiers”, “angry men” or  “enraged people” being responsible for Manzur's death.   In early February 2014 the news service, BDnew24 quoted Ershad as saying during a court appearance: “Angry men were trying to snatch Manzur when he was brought to the Chittagong Cantonment. The scuffle led security guards to open fire. Abul Manzur was shot and injured at one point and died while he was being taken to the hospital.” A colleague of Ershad's, Lt. Col. Mostafa Kamal told a court in 2013: “Some enraged people tried to snatch Manzoor...

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

SECURITY OF THE WITNESS I propose the following to the Court and Prosecution. On January 20, 2014, the British newspaper, The Guardian, published a report about a “defector” from Syria who had left the country with several flash drives containing 55,000 digital images of photographs that he and other government photographers had taken of approximately 11,000 detainees all of whom had been severely tortured and subsequently executed. He was a member of an official documentation unit within the Syrian military police tasked to prepare photographic dossiers of each victim. Three internationally renowned lawyers who served as lead prosecutors on UN war crimes tribunals related to Sierre Leone and the former Yugoslavia...

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

The murder of Major General Abul Manzur, Bir Uttam

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ~ Benjamin Franklin THE NARRATIVE On June 2, 1981, General Abul Manzur, the Commandant of the Chittagong Cantonment, was killed under mysterious circumstances while in army custody inside the Cantonment.  Manzur had distinguished himself as a Sector Commander during Bangladesh's Liberation War and been the recipient of the highest honor conveyed upon combatants of the war. He was among those honored few, who earned the distinction of Bir Uttam, Among those who knew him, Manzur was considered a highly capable and intelligent officer. Yet, in the chaotic days after General Ziaur Rahman's death on a...

Ershad thanks PM

Ershad thanks PM

Expressing deep gratitude to the prime minister for appointing him as her special envoy, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday promised that he would work devotedly for the interest of the nation and uphold the country’s image. Ershad made the statement a day after attending a special court that will deliver judgment in sensational Maj Gen Manzoor murder case on February 10.

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