Friday, May 07, 2010

Bangladesh / Bangladeshi Genocide

President for Early Trial of War Criminals
BSS dispatch in The New Nation (Dhaka), May 7, 2010
"President Zillur Rahman on Thursday urged the International Crimes Tribunal to hold the trial of crimes against humanity during the country's Great War of Liberation within shortest possible time. 'The trial of crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation is a demand of all countrymen,' he said while the members of the International Crimes Tribunal led by its Chairman Justice M. Nizamul Huq called on him at Bangabhaban here. The chairman of the tribunal was accompanied by two members of the tribunal Justice ATM Fazle Kabir and AKM Zahir Ahmed. During the meeting, the chairman of the tribunal explained to the President different features of the International Crimes Tribunal Act 1973 and its amendments in 2009 as well as other international tribunals and trials of crimes against humanity, conducted aftermath of the World War II. Chairman Justice Nizamul said the tribunal is firmly committed to holding the trial expeditiously to discharge the responsibilities bestow[ed] upon it. He apprised the President that the tribunal has already framed the rules for the trial as per the provision of the International Crimes Tribunal Act.
President Zillur Rahman said those, who were involved in crimes against humanity during the liberation war in 1971, killed 30 lakh [3 million] people, abused more than two lakh [200,000] women and forced about one crore [10 million] people to leave their motherland. Saying that there is no other example of killing of so many people in the world history for seeking freedom, the President said, 'proper trial of those incidents of heinous genocide and killings of the history is the demand of the people of all walks of life.' [...]"

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