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STRANGER THAN FICTION

What should Bangladesh do with Jamaat?

AS media reports, the Bangladesh Government is going to proscribe the Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party. This move could be taken as early as December, or latest by January 2015. The High Court has already de-registered the party, which amounts to revoking its legitimacy. From the ongoing debates among politicians, analysts and members of the civil society in Bangladesh on proscribing the Jamaat it appears that the issue solely hinges on one particular premise, the party's opposition to the...

Radicals behind father's killing

Radicals behind father's killing

A day after the brutal murder of Prof Shafiul Islam, his son yesterday blamed radical forces for the killing. "Religious fanatics have murdered my father," said Soumin Shahrid Javin. “He was a devoted follower of Baul philosophy. He not only believed in it, he practically lived it. My father would arrange programmes of Baul songs at home and would invite people. Even a professor from India's Kalyani University came and attended such a programme on Tuesday," said the only son of the slain professor. "He was progressive but never involved in politics. He preached humanism. This is what the radicals like Jamaat-Shibir men did not like and these are the people who...

WAR TRIAL

Khokon Razakar verdict tomorrow

Khokon Razakar verdict tomorrow

A tribunal in Dhaka today fixed Thursday for delivering its verdict in the war crimes case against fugitive BNP leader MA Zahid Hossain Khokon known as Khokon Razakar for his alleged crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War. According to the prosecution, Khokon led the Razakar Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army, in Faridpur district in 1971. The 70-year-old faces 11 charges, including genocide, torture, abduction, rape and confinement. Being the vice-president of Nagarkanda unit BNP, Khokon contested the municipality election in 2011 and became its mayor. After taking the oath, he went into hiding and the investigation agency “assumed” that he is now in Sweden with his son and...

Kamaruzzaman’s execution may take time: AG

Kamaruzzaman’s execution may take time: AG

The execution of condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman might take time, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam hinted today. “The Appellate Division has not issued an order to execute Kamaruzzaman yet. It appears that the apex court will deliver the full verdict before ordering for execution,” he told reporters at a press briefing at his office...

Kamaruzzaman won’t seek mercy before review plea disposal

Kamaruzzaman won’t seek mercy before review plea disposal

Condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman will not seek presidential mercy until the Supreme Court disposes of his review petition to be filed with the apex court, a defence lawyer said today. “Kamaruzzaman will decide about the presidential mercy after the Supreme Court disposed of his review petition,” Mohammad Shishir Manir, one of the counsels of the death row convict, said at a press conference at Supreme Court Bar Association this afternoon. The Jamaat-e-Islami leader will file the review within 30 days after receiving the certified copy of the Appellate Division judgment that upheld his death penalty for wartime offences, Manir told reporters. On November 3, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty...

Execution only thru' due process

Two human rights experts of the United Nations have called on the government to stay the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman who has been awarded death penalty for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on summary executions, and Gabriela Knaul, another UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said a person sentenced to death must have the right to seek pardon or commutation of his sentence.  In a press release...

BNP, Jamaat to stage demos separately tomorrow

BNP, Jamaat to stage demos separately tomorrow

BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami will separately stage demonstrations across the country on different issues tomorrow.  BNP will protest the government’s “autocratic decision” not to allow the party to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka while Jamaat will demand the release of its leaders arrested in charge of “false” allegations of committing crimes against...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Propaganda and the war crimes trial

Speaking at what could be their last meeting before facing his ultimate fate, war crimes convict Kamaruzzaman told his wife Tuesday that he was being “killed” because he was trying to establish Islam in the country. According to media reports, he said that he was sacrificing his life for the cause of Islam...

Debate on over review right of Kamaruzzaman

As the debate continues over war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman's right to seek review of the Supreme Court verdict, both the prosecution and defence believe the release of its full judgment on Abdul Quader Mollah's review petitions would end all confusion. Release of the full verdict will make it clear whether a war crimes convict has the right to move a review petition and if the review petition is maintainable, then how many days a convict would get to file the...

UN experts urge halt on Kamaruzzaman execution

UN experts urge halt on Kamaruzzaman execution

Two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Bangladesh government to stay the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman who has been handed death penalty for crimes committed against humanity during Liberation War in 1971. UN special rapporteurs on summary executions, Christof Heyns, and on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul,...

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