Close International Crimes Tribunal: BNP | Politics |

3 Dec

Close International Crimes Tribunal: BNP | Politics |

Dhaka, Dec 3 (—BNP has expressed no-confidence in the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), dealing with crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War and demanded that all its proceedings be immediately stopped.

“The fundamental rights of the war crime suspects have been violated at the tribunal. BNP has no confidence in the tribunal,” senior party policymaker Moudud Ahmed said at a news conference at the party’s central office on Saturday.

The former law minister claimed that the tribunal is going to hand down sentences that the ruling powers desire and termed its proceedings ‘eyewash’.

Moudud demanded that senior BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury MP, now behind bars for his alleged involvement in war crimes and crimes against humanity, be immediately released from custody.

The government formed the International Crimes Tribunal, lawyers’ panel and an investigation committee on Mar 25 last year to try the 1971 war criminals.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, secretary-general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, executive council member Delwar Hossain Sayedee, assistant secretaries-general Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla, BNP standing committee member Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and former member of BNP founder Gen Ziaur Rahman’s cabinet Abdul Alim were arrested on charges of crimes against humanity.

The tribunal has already framed charges against Sayedee.

The senior leader alleged that the government described the tribunal as an ‘internal tribunal’ after much dilly-dallying. It (government) has frozen all sorts of laws that provide equal rights to the accused.”

Moudud alleged that the prosecution conducted proceedings for one year in absence of Salahuddin Quader while the BNP leader was given only three months to defend himself.

“BNP is also for war crimes trial, but such trials should be done as per the country’s existing laws so that there can be no doubt among the people,” he added.

The party’s acting secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members A R Gani, Jamiruddin Sircar, A S M Hannan Shah, Rafiqul Islam Mia, Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, vice-president Selima Rahman, Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and its general secretary Badruzzaman Badal, former attorney general A J Mohammad Ali, former minister Aminul Haque and former president of Dhaka Lawyers Association Sanaullah Mia were present at the media call at the Naya Paltan headquarters.


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