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LIFE TERM Not enough

Eminent citizens reacted critically to yesterday's verdict in the war crimes case against Quader Mollah. War veterans and cultural personalities expressed their frustrations, saying the verdict has failed to live up to people's expectations.



“The very birth of Bangladesh has been insulted by this verdict. How many killings should take place for a judge to pronounce capital punishment?" said eminent historian Muntassir Mamoon. He said he was frustrated and aggrieved by such a verdict.

"We have seen capital punishment for relatively less offences, but here we find that less punishment has been given for grave offences," said Mamoon, a campaigner of war crimes trial.

The verdict has given rise to questions among people, he added.


“We didn't expect this [verdict]. Like me, martyrs' families are upset," said noted cultural activist and freedom fighter Nasiruddin Yousuff.

The verdict is not satisfactory, he said,adding that Quader Mollah was involved in mass killing in 1971 and he should have been given capital punishment.


“What if the convict came out of jail with the change of government? What will happen to the witnesses and those who champion the trial?" asked MA Hasan, a freedom fighter and a war crimes researcher.

The judgment does not reflect the aspirations of the freedom fighters who are expressing their resentment over the verdict, he added.

According to him, the judgment will give rise to two questions: first, why the accused did not get the highest punishment although the charge of genocide against him was proven and second, how effectively the prosecution fought the case.

Given the culture of impunity in the country and the magnitude of Quader Mollah's crimes, he should have been given capital punishment, said Hasan, also convener of the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee.


Eminent educationist Prof Anisuzzaman said he was happy that some of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War were being tried.

"I haven't asked for any particular punishment. I am happy they are being tried, and the judges in their wisdom are handing out what they deem appropriate punishment," he told The Daily Star.


Mofidul Haq, writer and one of the trustees of the Liberation War Museum, said he was frustrated with the verdict.

Quader Mollah committed brutal crimes during the Liberation War which is unthinkable, he added.

However, he said the verdict was an example how unbiased the tribunal was. "None can question the neutrality of the tribunal after this verdict."


"He [Quader Mollah] was proven guilty in five out of six charges brought against him. We expected capital punishment for those crimes," said Prof Anwar Hossain, vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University.

Saying that he was not happy at all with the verdict, Anwar Hossain said the government should appeal at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the verdict.

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EITHER you PUT UP or SHUT UP GENTELEMEN ! This is a court verdict. It is alright to express dismays BUT I reckon after all these wait and I suppose MESS by the prosecution, be content with what is delivered. It is strongly believed Moulana Sayeedi will get by TOO, thanks to debacle of the government and AGs inefficiency. BLAME WEATHER NOT THE STAR.

: Osman Gani, London

What a kangaroo court! What a joke!

: xxx


  • Roni Rahman
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 01:26 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    There is no guarantee that an influenced ridden court will always produce the desired justice favored by a group, whoever that group may be. When justice is not blind or fair, miscarriage may happen either way. Are we to assume that the court was pressured by the govt or Jamaat to give lesser punishment? Does not it prove that the court is biased or influenced? How can anyone trust on anything that a biased/influenced court produces?

  • Elihan U.K.
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 01:31 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    We are not unhappy when we our intelligentsia i.e. the to[p cream of the society have sprang up in a body against the verdict of the ICC demanding outright execution of the accused as if they did not follow up the trial and as if they are not aware of the objections raised by the international forums. Let us not prove the old adage that we Bangladeshis go by slogans. what surprises that this very highly educated elite remain quiet when unlawful killings go on and on even our democracy and sovereignty are at stake in the hand of this govt. Probably to appease the PM they have sprang into such dynamic reactions only to consolidate their position. ALAS! What a brave nation we are.

  • rani
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 03:02 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Instead of up roaring about the verdict, we should give chance to the preparatory to repent what has been by him. Capital punishment is not an end of the world.

  • Nazrul Islam
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 03:23 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Muntasir Mamun is not a War veteran that is proven by his witness statement. Like many Bangalis who volunteered to stay back and get a dainty card and enjoy Pak genocide Muntasir for sure was not an exception. The others may have the same background who knows. However the verdict has resulted amidst lot of controversy. The credibility of the trial process has been questioned from all neutral personality. We want a retrial with proper witness and evidence not cancelling it.

  • Mortuza Huq
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 03:29 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Hey, you guys want to dictate the tribunal? These so called scholars should be charged with the contempt of court.

  • Fazlul Bari
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 03:37 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    I am very disappointed of the verdict. But the verdict of Quadir Mullah has proven that Judiciary is not under control of Awami League as BNP leaders has been telling everyone.

  • Barkat
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 03:50 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    I am very disappointed of the verdict. But the verdict of Quadir Mullah has proven that Judiciary is not under control of Awami League as BNP leaders has been telling everyone.

  • khondkar Abdus Saleque
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 04:49 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    If 5 out of 6 allegations were proved beyond doubt then how can the accused avoid capital punishment? If these allegations were for murder, rape how could the identified criminals whose crimes are well documented can get away with soft verdict? We can not accept this. We want judicial explanation. We want legal interpretation of verdict. Does it mean that any killer even after having his crime proved beyond doubt will get light punishment? Is it not justice denied?

  • Farid Majidi
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 07:10 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Dr Muntassir Mamoon's voice is loud here, but strangely silent in the matter of his uncle the home minister using pepper sprays against peaceful demonstrators and defending its use.

  • Ahsan Kabir
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:00 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Surprising indeed, in the eyes of BNP the ICT-2 has lost its credibility, transparency and competence as soon as the verdict against Mollah has been delivered. Really, the the tribunal is delivering the purpose of BNP, not ruling party. BNP is still going silent because whatever they will spell out shall cause debate about their stand. We people, poor fellows are waiting to deliver our judgement that was supposed to be reflected in ICT verdict. Govt. may be scared but nothing has happened to the ICT to disregard people's will. Please revisit the misdeeds of Mollah and review the verdict; we shall appeal to the court so that people's mandate is reflected.

  • moeen
    Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:34 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Even the worst of the criminals deserves a fair trial. This trial falls short of that as Human Rights Organizations across the globe said that this court/trail falls short of international standard. Unfair trial is injustice to the consciousness of all involved and hence the betrayal to the honor of our nation. They could have asked for an ICC observer to rule out any anomalies during the trial in a country where politics stains everything as ex-ICC showed in the Padma Bridge Case.





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