Published: Friday, May 10, 2013

Polls manifesto partly fulfilled: Shafique

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government’s election manifesto was partly fulfilled through the delivery of the war crimes trial judgement on Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.
The manifesto was to try persons who committed crimes against humanity, including genocide, arson, rape, looting, forced conversion and forcing people to leave the country during the 1971 Liberation War, he said.
Shafique was expressing his reaction to journalists at his Bangladesh Secretariat office after the International Crimes Tribunal-2 awarded death penalty to Kamaruzzaman for committing the crimes in 1971.
He said the trials were being held transparently maintaining all required standards, which, at times, were better than those of other countries.
The accused were provided all opportunities to defend themselves through their choice of lawyers, to cross examine witnesses for adequate periods and to place arguments. Nobody was being tried on political consideration, he said.
Replying to a question, Shafique said the ministries of foreign and home affairs were working to bring war crimes convict Abul Kalam Azad, popularly known as Bachchu Razakar, back to the country.
State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam said anti-liberation forces would hatch conspiracies to stop the war crimes trial but they would not be able to do so.