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Suranjit says sorry

War tribunal asks all to watch words

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday asked "responsible persons" to exercise restraint and be careful in making comments about a sub-judice matter.

The three-member tribunal headed by Justice Obaidul Hassan sounded the warning while disposing of a show-cause notice it earlier issued against Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta.

It, however, did not proceed against Suranjit, a minister without portfolio, since he had offered unconditional apology for his comments on war crimes trial on December 22.

The show-cause notice followed a December 23 report by Bangla daily Amar Desh, in which Suranjit was quoted as saying, "The next year is 2013. Verdicts [in cases] against 14 identified war criminals have already been prepared. Trial of these war criminals would be over anytime in 2013. Their death sentences will also be implemented. None will be able to resist it."

Suranjit was asked to explain his "imaginary comments" on verdicts in the cases pending with the tribunal.

During yesterday's hearing, Abdul Baset Majumder, a counsel for Suranjit, said his client's statements were distorted in the report.

Suranjit never meant to lower the image and dignity of the tribunal, said the lawyer, adding that the minister offered unconditional apology if any portion of his speech hurt the administration of justice.

The tribunal, in its order, said the alleged comments did not seem to be prejudicing the cases pending with the court but could cause people to develop a wrong perception about the trial procedure.

"However, a responsible person should be restrained and careful in making any such comment on a sub-judice matter…."

The court also said, “This tribunal legally expects that the responsible persons, especially those who are associated with the party in power, shall prove their prudence in future restraining themselves from foretelling imaginary result of the case and time limit for disposal of sub-judice matters, in the interest of upholding independence of the tribunal and fair justice.”

Earlier, the tribunal made similar observations while disposing of two contempt of court petitions against Awami League leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Matia Chowdhury.

Meanwhile, the tribunal yesterday accepted a petition filed by the prosecution for permission to submit additional evidence in the case against Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.

The documents are -- two newspaper reports and a list of collaborators arrested in Dhaka after the Liberation War.

Bangla dailies Purbadesh and Dainik Bangla on December 31, 1971, published reports on arrests of 15 collaborators, naming Kamaruzzaman as one among them. Kamaruzzaman's name was also there on the collaborators' list prepared by detectives between 1972 and 1973, the prosecution said.

Meanwhile, the security of the international crimes tribunals has been tightened in the wake of Monday's violence by Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir to pressure the government to stop the war crimes trial.

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I thought he was an expert on constitutional matters; the nation is waiting to hear from you more than what is expressed today. We want to know how your name got entangled with the railway corruption case and what happen to the cat? These are very shameless chapters in recent days and we are totally unable to forget it. The nation suffers quietly. I also would like to ask a question: what have you done to my question which was personally asked by me in Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) airport while you were visiting Malaysia along with Qamrul Islam, deputy law minister; does that ring any bell? I know what transpired after that and maybe we shall meet some day.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

Is it not high time to arrest and put on trial Suranjit for his grand thefts at Railway Ministry?

: Selma


  • Dev Saha
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 01:48 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    I am totally embarrassed by such reckless comments by a senior parliamentarian, who happened to be also a lawyer by profession. Pretty pathetic and it does not help anybody at all.

  • Abol Fazal
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 03:14 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    After the Liberation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu formed a commission called Prime Minister's Inspection and Vigilance Commission. The person he selected as the Chairman was none but the last Bangalee Additional Inspector General of Police of East Pakistan. He was the Additional Inspector General of Police of East Pakistan during our Liberation War in 1971. This gentleman and his team meticulously recorded pages after pages, the heinous crimes against humanity perpetrated against us by Pakistani Army and its collimators. But all the records were destroyed after the martyrdom of Bangabandhu.

  • himukala
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 05:29 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    Suranjit should be punished for helping Jamaat by making the tribunal questionable with these sorts of comments.

  • nds
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 09:57 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    It is good a political leader always prone to prove himself overconfident knowing the final truth of politics and society has realised that every human being is capable making mistakes. If other politicians get some lesson from this and be good enough to make self introspection that will have good impact on our politics.

  • Md Shahjahan
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:57 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    From this instance responsible persons would be cautious to deliver comments on a sub-judice matter. There remarks made controversy on trial of war criminal.

  • Rashid Ahmed
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 03:48 PM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    Suranjit is yet to clear his sin. Until he clears his sin, he will continue to get notices. He may be a senior politician but had forgotten temporarily that his party does not and did not excuse anyone (look at many others, once a close associates of Bangabandhu.





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