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JS passes proposal to try war criminals

It's now a national demand, says PM moving resolution

Parliament yesterday unanimously passed a resolution calling on the government to ensure immediate trial of the war criminals.

The historic motion came five days into inauguration of the ninth legislature.

It is meant to affirm the ruling Awami League's (AL) electoral pledge that if voted to power, it would put on trial those who had committed atrocious crimes against the nation during the Liberation War in 1971.

“Measures be taken immediately to try the war criminals,” reads the resolution adopted amid thunderous desk-thumping.

The proposal was piloted by Mahmud-us-Samad Chowdhury, AL lawmaker from Sylhet-3.

Taking part in discussions on the motion, Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said her government is now gathering experts' opinions on the issue from across the globe. The foreign ministry is working on the matter.

Urging Speaker Abdul Hamid to take the resolution as a property of the House, she said “The war criminals will be brought to justice, no matter what.”

Following the discussions, State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Tajul Islam said the trial would be held in a credible and transparent manner so there arises no question over the proceedings.

“The war criminals will for sure be tried on the soil of Bangla,” he added.

Planning Minister AK Khandaker, who was the deputy commander-in-chief of the Liberation War forces, thanked parliament for adopting the resolution.

He said, “People will sleep in peace tonight. For many, it's the beginning of the end of the torments they have been enduring for 38 long years.”

Khandaker also fronts the Sector Commanders Forum that has been campaigning vigorously against the war criminals for the last couple of years.

Mahmud-us-Samad's proposal was seconded by his party colleagues Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Tipu Munshi, AKM Rahmatullah, Enamul Haque, KH Rashiduzzaman and Golam Dastagir Gazi.

A little change was brought by adding the word “immediately” to the original phrase.

As the state minister for liberation war affairs rose to reply to the proposed resolution, the lawmakers chorused aloud that the prime minister should speak on such an important matter.

At that point, Hasina took the floor, and said it doesn't matter who of the government should reply to this motion. “Trial of the war criminals is now a demand of the nation.”

AL lawmakers Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Major (retd) Rafiqul Islam, and Workers Party lawmakers Rashed Khan Menon and Fazle Hossain Badsha, among others, spoke in favour of the proposal.

Officials at the Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat said the resolution is the first in around a decade to be passed by the House after being proposed by a lawmaker other than a minister.

The opposition MPs were not present on the occasion as they skipped the day's proceedings in protest at the rearranged seat plans.

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It is a great day for all of us who had opportunity to witness glorious liberation war and make insignificant contribution.We felt obligated to try those war criminals who brutally killed our fellow freedom fighters, raped our mothers and sisters, killed the intellectuals.We failed as a nation to bring them under justice so far.

Now the process has started.Let it be completed as soon a s possible without any fuss.

: SalqueSufi

AL gov.t take proper step against the war criminal......people wait for this moment.

: mishu


  • Imran
    Friday, January 30, 2009 11:49 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    It is indeed a move in the positive direction. But one should see beyond Jamaate Islami's present leadership. What if the big shots are taken into task? Does this solve the problem of radicalism initiated by Maududi? The effective way to fight Jamaate Islami is to defeat it ideologically. The pure pristine Islamic teaching is sufficient to defeat this evil force. Alas, we don't study the original doctrines!!

  • abdul hamid
    Friday, January 30, 2009 03:05 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    the govt now should form a high-powered commission to determine the war crimes of the jamaat leaders. it should interview witnesses and collect evidence. the jamaat leaders who were razakars and al badars must be tried and hanged.

  • Hosen Khan
    Friday, January 30, 2009 03:13 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    I think its a great initiative. Hope that government will take high degree of cautionary in this regard & it would be great misfortune for all freedom fighter ,martyr family if they get rid by loophole of law. Pls don't make any mistake & wish this government very success in this regard- On behalf of all freedom fighter & immortal soul of freedom fighter.- Thanks

  • Manik
    Friday, January 30, 2009 04:48 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    it's about time

  • Natasha Ahmad
    Friday, January 30, 2009 11:59 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    I really hope that AL will be able to do it and do it in a clean and fair manner.

    The process of trial will resolve a lot of issues and will also help us, Bangladeshis, to know our cultural identity and will end the insecurity among us. And we will be able to create a Secular Bangladesh where people from the plains and hills and indigenous groups and different religion will leave in hormone and peace.

  • Mushtaq Ahmed
    Friday, January 30, 2009 05:55 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    Hats off to all the lawmakers who voted for this historic move. Salute to Mahmud-us-Samad Chowdhury.

  • Sohel-AIUB
    Friday, January 30, 2009 10:30 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    War criminals are as like as virus for a nation. Thats why they are terminated as soon as the victory comes for a country.We did mistake by leaving them free and we are suffering till now.So, it is better to penalize them as early as possible for making the country virus free.

    Friday, January 30, 2009 06:56 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    My little daughter says, why the hell do you need to try the war criminals more specifically to say the enemies of the country, the killers of innocent people specially the woman and the children? Is it not a shame for us that these criminals are yet living alive in the country which has achieved its independence defeating these demons? I think she has a right to ask these questions. I had no answer to her questions. Can any one give her a proper answer to her questions?

  • Alamgir MBA DU
    Friday, January 30, 2009 01:54 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    They should have been punished at the very birth of Bangladesh. The trial has been started after a long break... it's a shame for us..

  • Khurshed A. Chowdhury
    Friday, January 30, 2009 01:15 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    This is a welcome decision for Bangali nation. To unite the entire nation under the one spirit of 1971 revolution, trial of war criminal is a must.

    Please remember, world does not have one single historical example where after a successful revolution the counter revolutionary traitors and enemy force was never punished at all! Bangladesh is the uniquely shameful example where anti-liberation enemies were never punished; rather they had been rehabilitated and allowed to become the rulers of this free Bangladesh which they tried to kill at the infancy. This is the most painful and shameful stigma of Bangli nation which should be erased for good. Bangali nation got another chance to do the rightful, in order to offer solace to the souls of those millions of freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for Bangladesh Independence.

    Special tribunal is a must to achieve the successful trial of war-criminals and there is no exception to this. Historically, almost 100% cases, war-criminals had been tried in the special tribunal court and never in the civil court ever. Mohajote government should never attempt any civil court trial of the war-criminals which is bound to be a total failure.

    There should be no scope of doing any mistakes or delay in accomplishing these above five demands, as was done in the past. Mind that, popularity of any govt. never stays for long and evaporates very rapidly. Especially, Awami league the party which led the Bangladesh independence has the supreme responsibility to accomplish this long due unfinished task to unite the entire Bangali nation under one national spirit of 71 once for all! There could be no excuse acceptable this time to justify the failure of these national demands for which Bangali waited for 38 years. There may not be another such golden opportunity for Bangali anymore!

  • sahannan
    Friday, January 30, 2009 05:33 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    It is strange that Awami League alliance has taken up in the Parliament this matter after 38 years though this party was in the Parliament all the time since 71 .This shows that it is more political than real.It also shows that the party has now rejected the amnesty given by its leader in 72 and 74.

    In any case if trial takes place of the killers of Bengali population, we hope the government would also try in the same court persons who committed mass killings of local Bihari population in 71 and 72 .Some writings suggest that as many as fifty thousand civilian Biharis were also killed, though no body is certain about any number of Bengalis and Biharees ..

  • Shattaya Shandhani
    Friday, January 30, 2009 02:21 AM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    I would love very much seeing BNP and its common-in-law Ja'amat present in the House while this historic resolution was passed. Nation will salute this govt. for keeping its promise. We now want to see the criminals are brought to justice. Yes, transparency must be there in the trial. Truth will prevail and sin will not spare anyone.

  • Saleh-Rahim Ahmed
    Friday, January 30, 2009 02:55 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    Some of politicians including Prime Minister herself are making completely wrong statements some times even in the parliaments that the People of Bangladesh have punished the War Criminals by not voting them in the General Election on 29th December 2008. These types of statement are seriously damaging for the steps towards War Criminal Trial Proceedings! Yes, this is absolutely true that people have rejected those accused in the election. On the other hand,people have given the mandate to the BAL led Grand alliance to conduct the trial as they have pledged to the people through their Election Manifest what has been accepted and approved by the people of Bangladesh in huge majority more than 2 thirds! So, please do not confuse the legal spectrum once again the people have punished War Criminals then definitely those criminals are going to have to say we are punished by the people of Bangladesh once again putting under trial in the court will going to be double punishment for the same crimes which is absolutely prohibited by the laws. So, People of Bangladesh have not yet punished them people wanted them to be punished that is why people have rejected them in election and voted the present parliament to put those War Criminals under appropriate court of justice.

  • Saleh-Rahim Ahmed
    Friday, January 30, 2009 02:31 PM GMT+06:00 (356 weeks ago)

    There are lots of people in Bangladesh and even in the intellectual level those who think there is no need to open and/or pull out the old wounds of the Nation faced in 1971 from a small group of criminals. Of course after such a long time these types of notion could be given undoubtedly!

    The final decision on the long argued issue has been given by the whole nation on 29th of December 2008 by voting in general election with a huge margin - more than two thirds of Majority cast votes for Mohajot led by AL. The issue has become more than the law of the land for the present Government to follow - Since the trial of War criminal of 1971 was set out in AL election manifest having approved by the voters!

    So, no question could be raised about the Lawful Trial of War Criminals of 1971 to run immediately! Government should proceed quickly! They must pay real good attention in conducting so since they (AL) were never ever very clever in playing vital role in legal fields even though AL have had a good bunch of legal practitioners (Barristers & Doctors in laws)just think about either they (AL) could not even find out till late 1996 that lodging the Sheikh Mujib murder case could not be bared by any existing laws of the land, or they did not have simple courage to stood-up for the fair justice! Please, what ever you are going to do,do it quick and in sound and fair mind to respect the Human Rights defined & accepted by the majority of the world population! In any context Criminals of our Liberation war should be tried and punished what they deserve by their won deeds! They themselves left all signs and evidences! Still those criminals are renewing their crimes before our very eyes by denying their roles and/or the facts in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War!

    Some people are coming up with the ideas to forgive those criminals. Who you are pleading for to be excused and/or forgiven? Did they yet or still do you think they are going to agree and/or accept to acknowledge that they did the crimes in 1971 against the humanity and/or the State of Bangladesh? Question of forgiveness only comes for those who accept and/or acknowledge with deep regrets their wrong doings not for the arrogant traitors!!

    Some are trying to refer to our Islamic generosities where you have seen that Islam has bared the Fair Trial and/or Justice? You know definitely what our prophet Mohammed(SL) did with the Traitors of his Regime and/or Islam?? - Nothing less than ordering - beheading!! This is the direct teaching from Mohammed himself about the traitors!

    Some are coming with threatening - there will be a huge chaos in the country on the issue so far and/or either they did not follow Election manifest of the contesting parties and Voting by the people of the country on 29th December 2009 or they do not understand the Election manifest and voting results for!!

    I really do not understand the mind set of a section of people of our society why they are afraid and start screaming when the question of the trial of Bangladesh Liberation War-Criminals of 1971 comes up? As far as I understood and strongly believe there is no single person in Bangladesh who does not want to see the Rule of Law is established! Why then this particular group don't want to see those accused of 1971 War-Criminals in the Open Civil Court run by the laws of the land to depend themselves and walk free out if really they were not involved in those organised crimes against humanities and the State of Bangladesh in 1971! A trial does not necessarily mean that accused will be punished by execution and/or putting behind the bar for life ,if the one is not undoubtedly found guilty of accusation!! If some body is not really guilty should have that courage to face the court and proof innocence! Every sensible person should encourage the accused of any sort to stand the trial to establish the truth! If any one or any section of the society does talk against any trial we do have every reason to doubt their genuineness of motive behind their crying! The great religion Islam does teach us the exactly same! Face trial establish the truth and the Rule of Laws!!





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