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Motiur Rahman Nizami

News Analysis

A saga of disgrace

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 deserves kudos for strongly denouncing the appointment of anti-liberation leader Motiur Rahman Nizami as a minister by the then BNP-led government in 2001. The appointment was a great blunder; said the court, a clear slap in the face for the Liberation War as well as three million martyrs and two lakh women who sacrificed their chastities for the liberation of Bangladesh. BNP chief Khaleda Zia, the then premier, had inducted Nizami into her cabinet and gave him...

Editorial

Nizami brought to justice

WITH the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami to death, another top leader of the party gets his comeuppance. He adds to the list of five other infamously high-profile convicts marking an advanced stage in the long-awaited trial process as a whole. Nizami has been found guilty in 8 of the 16 charges leveled against him after 22-month-long trial proceedings marked by hurdles. Those included tribunal reconstitution, rehearing of the closing arguments and deferment of verdict by...

A slap in face for Liberation War

War crimes convict Motiur Rahman Nizami's appointment as a minister by the BNP-led government was a slap in the face for our Liberation War, as well as for the martyrs and the women who were violated and brutally murdered during the war. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 made this observation while delivering its verdict on Nizami yesterday. “This shameful act [appointing Nizami as a minister] was disgraceful for the nation as a whole,” said Justice M Enayetur Rahim who headed the tribunal. Hailing...

Nizami Verdict

Prosecution elated; defence terms it unjust

The prosecution termed yesterday's verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami as their success while the defence called it unjust and said they would appeal against it in the Supreme Court. After the International Crimes Tribunal-1 pronounced Nizami guilty of war crimes and handed down the capital punishment on four charges, Prosecutor Mohammad Ali told journalists outside the court that they had proved beyond doubt eight of the 16 charges brought against him, which led to such a judgment. Another prosecution...

Operated like Gestapo

Operated like Gestapo

Few of them returned home. Many of their bodies could not even be traced. Most of the corpses that were found at different killing sites in Dhaka were mutilated beyond recognition. They were among the brightest sons and daughters of the soil -- all pro-liberation people including professors, journalists, litterateurs and doctors. They were massacred...

Death for death designer

Death for death designer

He did whatever he could to stop the nation's birth. He led a ruthless militia to massacre unarmed civilians during the 1971 Liberation War. Motiur Rahman Nizami didn't stop there. Towards the end of the war, he, aided by the Pakistan army, unleashed his force, Al-Badr Bahini, to wipe out the brightest sons and...

Dhaka sees lax hartal

Dhaka sees lax hartal

The first phase of 72-hour countrywide hartal, sponsored by Jamaat-e-Islami in protest of the death sentence of its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes, is under way in a lax manner across the country. Starting from 6:00am today, the shutdown will continue for 24 hours while the second phase will be observed from...

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

The United States has reiterated its support for trials to bringing to justice those who committed atrocities in the 1971 Liberation War but reminded that the trials should be fair and transparent maintaining the international standards.  “We understand the importance of this process in closing a painful chapter in Bangladesh’s… Bangladeshi history,” said Jen...

Nizami’s death penalty won’t bring justice: Amnesty

Nizami’s death penalty won’t bring justice: Amnesty

Amnesty International has called for overturning the death penalty of war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami saying that the verdict will not bring justice to the millions of victims of the independence war. The statement came yesterday after former Al-Badr chief Nizami was found guilty in a special tribunal and sentenced to...

Nizami's War Crimes Trial

Verdict today

Verdict today

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is set to deliver the long-awaited verdict in the war crimes cases against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today, more than four months after the deferment of the judgment in June. The alleged chief of the infamous Al-Badr force is facing 16 charges, including his role in eliminating the Bangalee...

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