Foreign Policy on War Crimes Trial Scandal: The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh

22 Dec

 

Foreign Policy (a US journal) makes the following comment regarding political developments in Bangladesh focusing around War Crimes Trial

Foreign Policy (a US journal) makes the following comment regarding political developments in Bangladesh focusing around War Crimes Trial

The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh


Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But they can do it without partisanship?

BY JOSEPH ALLCHIN | DECEMBER 21, 2012

DHAKA, Bangladesh – 41 years on, Bangladesh is trying to confront the traumas that accompanied its birth as a nation. But so far the process of coming to terms with the past is proving anything but simple. Continue reading

Bangladesh War-Crime Tribunal Bogs Down-Government Under Fire for Alleged Interference in Process Intended to Heal War-Crime Rifts | Wall Street Journal

21 Dec

Bangladesh War-Crime Tribunal Bogs Down

Government Under Fire for Alleged Interference in Process Intended to Heal War-Crime Rifts

A version of this article appeared December 21, 2012, on page A15 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Bangladesh War Tribunal in Disarray.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323777204578189153918592308.html

By TOM WRIGHT

Bangladesh’s government is facing mounting pressure from opposition parties and human-rights groups over alleged political interference at a war-crimes tribunal intended to heal four-decade-old rifts. Continue reading

LEADING INTERNATIONAL BARRISTER CALLS FOR BANGLADESHI FOREIGN MINISTER TO APOLOGISE AND WITHDRAW MISLEADING STATEMENTS MADE DURING BIRMINGHAM VISIT

20 Dec
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19/12/12

LEADING INTERNATIONAL BARRISTER CALLS FOR BANGLADESHI FOREIGN MINISTER TO APOLOGISE AND WITHDRAW MISLEADING STATEMENTS MADE DURING BIRMINGHAM VISIT

Toby Cadman speaking in a Conference, beside him The then Registrar of Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal later appointed as a Judge at the Tribunal No.2, Mr Shahunur Islam

Toby Cadman, a barrister on the defence team at the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, claims Foreign Minister Dipu Moni’s allegations of foreign lawyers misrepresenting themselves to gain visas are completely unfounded Continue reading

Fraud at the heart of Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunals

17 Dec
http://www.bdictunveiled.com/bdictunveiled/

The Website Exposing the Tribunals’ Clandestine activities

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Until 11 December, 2012 the International Crimes Tribunal-1, Dhaka was composed of Mr. Justice Md. Nizamul Huq (Nasim) as Chairman, with Mr. Justice Md. Jahangir Hossain and Mr. Justice Anwarul Hoque as Members. The International Crimes Tribunal-2, Dhaka on the other hand was composed of Mr. Justice A.T.M. Fazle Kabir as Chairman, with Mr. Justice Obaidul Hasan (Shaheen) and Judge Shahinur Islam as Members. On 11, December, Mr. Justice Md. Nizamul Huq resigned when his clandestine skype conversations with a third party were disclosed. Following the resignation, the Tribunals were swiftly reconstituted. Mr. Justice A.T.M. Fazle Kabir was brought in from Tribunal-2 to serve as Chairman of Tribunal-1. Mr. Justice Obaidul Hasan was promoted to the post of Chairman of Tribunal-2 and a new member was inducted into Tribunal-2. The skype conversations which led to Mr. Justice Md. Nizamul Huq’s resignation show the level of impropriety and manipulation of the trials by the Executive and even the Judiciary itself. Continue reading

73% supports Re-Trial & Statement of UK Bar Human Rights Committee calling for re-trial

16 Dec

73% supports Re-Trial & Statement of UK Bar Human Rights Committee calling for re-trial

The Daily Star on 15th December 2012, published results of an Online poll where 73% voted in favour of the demand of Bangladesh Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association & 6 Senior Advocates of Bangladesh to restart theTrials afresh at the International Crimes Tribunal in the light of the recent revelation of the misconduct of the presiding judge, illegality of the procedure & collusion with prosecution. The online poll (see attached) shows 73% support in favour of the jurists who opined that the gross misconduct & illegality in the Trial procedure have vitiated trials process hence must restart to prevent miscarriage of Justice. 26% voted against & 1% abstained from making comment.

On the other hand, after Human Rights Watch, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) who raised deep concerns on November 16th 2012 as to the fairness of proceedings before the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (“ICT”), now urgently calls for there to be a retrial in the case of Delwar Hossein Sayedee. Their Press Statement can be found here: https://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/news/press_release_-_bangladesh_international_crimes_tribunal_dec_2012_0.pdf

Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Faces Turmoil – Wall Street Journal

16 Dec

Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Faces Turmoil – Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324481204578179380598264850.html

Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Faces Turmoil

BY SYED ZAIN AL-MAHMOOD

Wall Street Journal on Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Scandal

Wall Street Journal on Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Scandal

DHAKA, Bangladesh—A war crimes tribunal set up to investigate mass killings in Bangladesh more than 40 years ago is facing turmoil after its presiding judge resigned amid local media reports that he acted improperly. Continue reading

The Economist Exposé on Bangladesh War Crimes Trial

13 Dec

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21568349-week-chairman-bangladeshs-international-crimes-tribunal-resigned-we-explain?zid=309&ah=80dcf288b8561b012f603b9fd9577f0e

Trying war crimes in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH suffered a violent birth. In the last days of 1971 the country then called East Pakistan was engulfed by torture, rape, mass-killing and other acts of genocide. The main perpetrators were Pakistani troops bent on preventing secession from “West Pakistan”. But the army had the support of many of East Pakistan’s fundamentalist groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami, which remains Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party. Estimates of the death toll vary from around 300,000 to the current government’s reckoning of 3m—one in 20 of the population at that time. Continue reading