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BNP wants trial but fair one

Jamaat says trial process illegal; 14-party happy

Hours after the delivery of the first verdict in a war-crimes case, BNP Coordinator Tariqul Islam said the main opposition completely supported the ongoing trial at the international crimes tribunals.

Claiming that the party is a "pro-liberation war" force, he said, "We hope the trial would be neutral and would conform to international standards."

Tariqul was addressing a discussion marking party founder Ziaur Rahman's 77th birth anniversary in the capital.

"We also want that no question be raised regarding the trial process and that there is no political agenda behind the trial."

The BNP senior policymaker at the same time demanded that the government try members of Rakkhi Bahini, who according to him killed as many as 40,000 freedom fighters soon after the 1971 Liberation War.

Another BNP top policymaker Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman said that he and his party hate those who committed crimes against humanity and that he must respect yesterday's verdict if the trial process was transparent.

The Jamaat-e-Islami, a key partner of the BNP-led 18-party alliance, however, rejected the verdict. Its nine leaders are now behind bars on charges of committing war crimes.

Talking to the BBC Bangla Service, Shafiqul Islam Masud, a city unit Jamaat leader, said the trial process was illegal.

"Therefore, today's [yesterday] verdict is also illegal and immoral."

Jatiya Party Presidium Member Anisul Islam Mahmud said his party welcomed the historic verdict delivered by the International Crimes Tribunal-2.

"This [verdict] is like a victory. We hope the judgments in the remaining cases [against accused war criminals] will be delivered soon."

The Awami League-led 14-party alliance, Awami Jubo League and various other socio-economic and cultural organisations were triumphant about the verdict.

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said the accused of war crimes would be traced wherever they might have been holed up -- at home or abroad -- and would be brought to justice.

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Why does BNP not get it that by putting out this type of statement they are not being smart rather affirming that they side with war criminals and are supporting the anti-Bangladeshi forces that still roams the country? The trial of war criminal is a must to purge the country of the curse of those who gave their life to free it. If BNP can not support it than they do not deserve the helm of the country.

: red

Do you have any evidential support against the fact alleged by people that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman stopped the war crimes trials, freed the war criminals, gave them citizenship and rewarded them with lucrative portfolios after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders? I do not think so if you do not want tell lies to the people.

: naabaj


  • naabaj
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 01:14 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    The existence of Jamaat in Bangladesh is illegal itself. They should go to Pakistan whose interest they served in committing the heinous crimes against humanity during our Liberation War.

  • fedup
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 02:07 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    They have expressed their opinion. It is very difficult to extract any conclusion, what they actually want. Their politics with the trail of war criminals can not but is the one you can see here because they belonged to a party which had no real connection or contribution to mobilise people support for the War of Liberation and ensure victory of the people on December 16 1971. The ordinary people fought for freedom and earned by sacrificing lives and dignity in the process of a war which literally began with a call for freedom by Sheikh Mujib on March 7 1971. I hope by their irresponsible comments now, to defend their political ideology, they would term to be new collaborators who fought against the freedom fighters and freedom.

  • Roni Rahman
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 02:10 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    This is absurdly ridiculous and a total political ploy to even insinuate that BNP, a major political party founded by a leading freedom fighter, is somehow against liberation of Bangladesh and pro-war crime. It is an insult to 99% of Bangladeshi who loves Bangladesh naturally. The AL wants to make the criticism of AL and of politicisation of the court as anti-liberation/anti-war criminals. The sad thing is that the media goes along with it too!

  • Sarwar, Riyadh
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 02:32 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    BNP according to its own standing on this trial should make a promise to keep the continuation of the trial and make the trial fairer if it makes it to the power again. BNP should also make the promise to try those as they say the ones hiding in AL. Otherwise; BNP's standing on the trial will be proven false!

  • fedup
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 04:57 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    If the BNP participates in the next general election and voted to power, they should avail full opportunity to put on trail their long term demand for trail of likely killings of 40, 00 thousands freedom fighters. Why the BNP is raising imaginary question about a fact which they are not even witness as the BNP was born under a martial law regime of Ziaur Rahman, their founder and leader in eternity in 1975 -76. Killings by Razakars are historical facts that can not be undermined by another killing story never put to trail. Even by their founding leader or his wife two time prime ministers. Be honest and do not do politics with the trail of war crimes. The people might react beyond your expectation and control to befool the people.

  • ShamimH
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 05:18 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Oh Please! Who are you kidding!! You folks wrapped yourself with the party of Razakars! Like they say you can fool some people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

  • Arun Dutta
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 05:19 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Nothing is fair in love and war. They survived for 40 years under these charges of crime.

  • Kazi Salim
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 05:26 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    What is the definition of fair trial according to some of the BNP leaders? Trials are going according to international standards, following all norms and conventions, used to try those war criminals in other countries. Does BNP want to bring some Pak judges and their fellow Paki army (Judge Advocates) friends to try the war criminals of 1971? They should stop this kind of useless statements and comments and speak very clearly and support the ongoing trials with clarity.

  • Md Musa
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 05:42 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    We all know what BNP wants. They do not have to say it out loud.

  • Asad Zaman
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 06:16 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    Claiming or bragging that we are ‘pro-liberation war’ force is not at all helpful, because you always failed to put him or any other war criminals on trial while victims’ families were begging for justice for their loved ones, who were murdered or tortured by that man. Secondly, Bangladesh is part of the international community, so its standard is also a part of the international standard. There are different international standards existing in this world; so which international standard is he talking about: the US, French, Chinese or Indian? The simple questions here: Is he a killer? Did he kill anyone in 1971? Did he abduct or torture or rape anyone in 1971? If the answer is yes and if there are right witnesses and other supportive evidences and the judges found him guilty then he is guilty of those crime. And if you like, you have opportunity to appeal to the apex court against this verdict.

  • Khondkar Abdus Saleque
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 08:17 AM GMT+06:00 (159 weeks ago)

    How fair is fair? Why BNP is not clarifying its stance about war criminals trail to the people? What made General Zia include Shah Aziz and Abdul Alim take in his cabinet. How could Khaleda Zia make Nizami and Mojaheed ministers? The persons who abetted genocide in 1971 should never have been given opportunity to drive cars with Bangladesh flag. Were they committed to the constitution of Bangladesh?





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