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Verdict, Violence and Bullets March 15, 2013

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Saydee-1After the announcement of verdict on Moulana Delwar Hussain Sayeedi by the International War Crime Tribunal on 28th February 2013, Jamaant Shibir activists reacted with violence in different parts of the country. They called 48 hours of continuous hartal on 3rd and 4th March 2013 followed by dawn to dusk hartal throughout Bangladesh by BNP and its allied parties. (more…)

Tribunal Declares Capital Punishment to Delwar Hussain Sayedee March 1, 2013

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Sayedee -2International War Crime Tribunal declares capital punishment to the Moulana Delwar Hussain Sayedee,a popular islamic orator and a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami on 28/2/2013. The tribunal considers 20 accusations against Sayeedi, 8 of which was proved as claimed by the prosecutors, death was pronounced in 2 of the accusations. But the defense rejected the verdict and said that they will appeal against the verdict in the supreme court. (more…)

International War Crime Tribunal Verdict Frustrates All February 8, 2013

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International War Crime Tribunal pronounced its verdict of life sentence on Kader Mollah on 5th January 2013. It is the second case that the Tribunal gave the verdict.
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In its first case on Bacchu Razakar it rendered capital punishment. Bacchu Razakar was absconded and probably left the country before he was arrested. But there was none to defend Bacchu Razakar and no political party reacted to the verdict. But in Kader Mollah’s case, Jamaat-e-Islami and Shibbir took a strong position to protest. They were staging violent protests on the streets and against the police. Even on the day of verdict, they declared dawn to dusk hartal. They threatened endless hartals if verdict goes against their will.
The verdict was declared at 12 noon on the day amid tight security at the tribunal and protest in the street. After the verdict, people from different stages expressed their frustration.
The Jamaat Shibir also rejected the verdict and increased their agitation on the streets. They clashed with police at different places of the country and resulted in death of atleast 5 people.
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The presence of Bloggers at Shahbag is gathering momentum. Thousands of people of all ages are coming to the square to transform it into a sea of crowd. They are gathering to protest against the verdict. Their demand is the capital punishment for the offenders of war crimes.

An ordinary citizen

Skype, Judges, Trial & Controversies December 22, 2012

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war crime tribunal -2Bangladesh is observing a series of events that was unexpected to the ordinary men as well as to the experts of legal practice.
That all started with the disclosure in the weekly ‘Economist’ of conversations of a judge of International war crime tribunal that is conducting the trial of war crimes against humanities that occurred in 1971 during the liberation war of Bangladesh.

Economist gathered the records of the conversation in the skype of 17 hours and also 230 E-mails between the judge,Chairman of Tribunal -1 and a lawyer based in Brussels. The lawyer is known to him, an expert on international law and a researcher on the crimes against humanity. The Economist also interviewed the judge and lawyer.
But the contents of the conversation raises questions as it exposes some controversial information such as government interference in the judicial process, pressure from the ministers to hasten the judgment, dictation from an outsider to frame the accusation and judgment etc. BD government accused Economist of hacking the skype conversation and filed case against 2 of the editors for contempt of court.
The Skype conversation is then published in a Bangladeshi daily ‘AmarDesh’ that created a stir in the political and legal circle. The judge, Chairman of the tribunal Muhammed Nizamul Huq resigned from his post. The government felt embarrassed and said the judge resigned on his personal ground. Government immediately replaced the judge and reformed the tribunal.

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Case is filed against the daily to publish the personal conversation and interfering the judicial process. Fear was mount that the editor may be arrested.
The defense also took the opportunity and appeal to the tribunal to restart the trial from the beginning.

The political activists of Jamaat and Shibir whose leaders are mainly in the accused list have started street agitation over a month which is becoming more violent as the time passes on the demand to cancel the trial and release their leaders.

BNP, the main opposition party has recently extended its ‘moral support’ to the strike called by Jamaat on the plea that it is supporting the political right of the Jamaat as it is a registered political party to organize processions, meeting and hartal.
The Government and political wing AL is strongly against the BNP’s role and accusing it to obstruct the trial of war crimes by supporting Jamaat activities.

The trial falls into a state of confusion with the conflicting developments in the country. The law minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed and Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu have decided to clear all the questions regarding the trial.

The Government is determined to complete the trial in its present tenure.

An ordinary citizen

Trial of War Crimes and Politics of Jamaat-Shibir November 17, 2012

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Trail of war crimes is continuing and it is expected that judgment on a few cases may be announced by December. The country is also witnessing a sudden rise of political violence on the streets of Bangladesh from capital to district towns. The shibir activists are likely involved in this violence. They are suddenly attacking the police on duty in groups with bricks and sticks. The attacks continued for about a week injuring 200 policemen in different parts of the country. The last attack took place in the heart of the city in the last week where they even attacked the protection cars and car of APS of Law Minister. The police were mercilessly beaten. The police looked helpless. Hundreds of people observed the scene as bystanders without coming in support of the police. Shibir activists only left the scene when police forces were reinforced.

The government showed sharp reaction to the incident. Home Minister in strongest language condemned the attack and declared to punish the culprits. He asked the AL youth wing-Jubo league activists to come in support of police though Juba league president didn’t accept the request saying that it is the duty of police and not of Jubo league workers. Home Minister also dismissed to have any form of dialogue with Jamaat Shibir in reply to the appeal made by US ambassador. He commented that we can’t compromise with decoits and killers. Let us first suppress them , then we shall talk. PM said that time has come to think about the religion-based politics in Bangladesh. She also said that the attacks will also accelerate the war crime trial. The AL leaders also blaming BNP for indirectly support Jamaat-Shibir attacks.

BNP recently declared that it no way owns the responsibility of attacks made on police by Jamaat-Shibir.

The objectives of the attacks on police is not clear. It is stated by neither Jamaat nor Shibir. But it is assumed that the attacks are made to somehow interfere the war crime trial. Jamaat was trying to project the trail in and outside the country as biased and not of international standard. In support of their demand they tried to organize protests at different times and different parts of the country, but those attempt were foiled by police in the capital and elsewhere. That may be a reason why they attack the police in desperation. It may be an abnormal expression of suppression of their political rights.

But is the way justified or logical in the context of judicial framework and political reality? The attacks may embarrass the government but it will at the same time distant them from the people and it will jeopardize the political existence of their party.

Government also make its position complex by starting the war crime trials not in its first term but a decade after and let Jamaat-Shibir to spread its root deep in the society, jointly conducting movement with Jamaat in early 90s for caretaker government, by not making the International War Tribunal international in standard and not independent in its procedure and inviting blame on itself to use the tribunal for its political ends.

It is difficult for an ordinary citizen to clearly visualize the days ahead but he can feel that the country is going through a very difficult phase and only hope that people would survive the crisis.

An ordinary citizen

Arrest of 33 opposition leaders-Government is in hard line May 21, 2012

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33 opposition leaders Prime Minister’s office and hurling bomb into the secretariat. The leaders first went into hiding to avoid arrest but later entered into High Court premises to appeal for bail, they had to dodge the security cordon surrounding the high court, the story gave rise to funny stories. The heavy police presence was challenged by the Bar Council Association and the lawyers warned of starting agitation against the presence. The petition was moved but the judges were given divided opinion and the case was sent to the Chief Judge who refer the case to a third judge who ordered the accused to surrender to the lower court and asked the police not to arrest them in the meantime. The accused reported to the lower court with their lawyers and pleaded for the bail but the judge refused the appeal.

Many observers speculate that the sending of so many opposition leaders to the jail is an unexpected incident. This will increase the conflict between the two camps and deteriorate the political situation.

An ordinary citizen

Killing, clemency and justice October 5, 2011

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Bangladesh President has pardoned the killer of Nurul Islam as the news published on 21 July 2011. The news has steered the politicians and the public as well.

Nurul Islam was a political activist and a local leader of BNP and a potential threat in leadership to the rival political groups in Laxmipur.

The accused killer is a son of a leading political figure of AL.

Government defending itself said that BNP also in their term gave clemency to the murderer belonging to their own party and President has the right to pardon anyone on the recommendation of the Justice ministry.

Barrister Moudud of BNP said that two campaered case are not similar in nature. The judgment in BNP case was given by Martial Law court, the verdict of which is not uncontroversial.

Some claim that with the mercy in Nurul Islam’s case President failed to uphold the constitutional responsibility bestowed upon him and the mercy will encourage the killers to repeat the same unlawful act.

An ordinary citizen

Opinion:

President’s pardon, citizens’ concern : Syed Badrul Ahsan

Ordeal of Limon May 30, 2011

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Limon was shot on the foot and he had to lose his left leg because of that. He came to limelight of the media because of the ordeal he had to undergo after that incident.

RAB earlier stated that he was mistakenly shot while they were chasing a gang of terrorists. LImon was standing nearby. But After initial treatment at Barisal Medical College, he was then transferred to Sher e Banga Orthopedic Hospital. He was amputated and is kept under tight security.

Son of a poor parents, he was a candidate for hsc exam(12th grade) this year. He was studying by earning his livelihod for himself and his family in parallel. His dream has been shattered because of the incident, After getting bail, he found himself in the Barisal jail. As his would was deteriorating he was admitted into the Barisal Medical College for second time. Doctors prefered to send him to Dhak Pangu (Orhopedic) Hospital again for better treatment. In the meantime , 5 enquiry committees submitted their reports and all the reports found Limon guilty and also found all the members of the family- his parents and siblings’ are involved with the terrorist group

In the hospital Limon asked the journalists to bring poison for them and let them die.

The Military Adviser to the PM said that the enquiry reports are true. There is nothing to deny. The State Ministry and the Law Ministry also endorses the inference of the adviser.

And the ordeal of Limon will be continued.

An ordinnary citizen

Opinion:
Abul Momen- Prothom Alo : http://www.prothom-alo.com/detail/date/2011-05-27/news/157474 (in bangla )

Chronology of events:
2.6.2011: Limon quizzed again
3.6.2011: Limon pleads with PM
7.6.2011: The Inquiry of the Home Ministry couldn’t find out by whose bullets Limon was injured

Care Taker Government and Supreme Court Judgment May 23, 2011

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Supreme court in a judgment declared caretaker system illegal in Bangladesh. It is to be noted that Bagladesg has introduced caretaker government system to hold national elections under a politically neutral tenvironment. The care taker government instituted for 3 months following the tenure of the elected government is over and headed by the immediate past chief justice. A group of advisers among the non-political personalities from the professionals are selected to support him. The CTG is basically assigned to hold the general election and to maintain the general administration. They are nor empowered to formulate any major rules and regulations and will not change the constitution,

Bangladesh virtually hold 4 national elections under the CTG and all of them were accepted by the people as fair and neutral. In the history of Bangladesh, these elections are best of its kind.

But to influence the composition of the ctg with an aim to influence the result of the ellection, the elected governments had tried in the past to promote their loyal judges to the post of Chief Justice, superceeding the seniors. This attempt has been made in 2001 and 2006 . In 2001, the cj didn’t fulfil the wish of his mentors.In 2006 , the oppostion to the manuever lead to the formation of a caretaker government headed by the president, who later had to handover the charge to a new set of advisers led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. This Ctg stays in power for long 2 years and tried to reform the political system but at last left the scene by holding an election in December 2008 in which AL gained a landslide victory.

Controversy arises on the tenure of the ctg and the manipulation of the promotion of the judges ? .

Supreme Court took the opinion of the Amicus Curiae. Most of the americus queri except one gave opinion in favour of CTG. Citizens groups also favour caretaker goverment.

8NP expreesed its opposition to any move form the concept of caretaker government. Ershad hails the idea. Jammat is not in a postion to say anything on the issue. Their top brasses are in the jail on the charge for crimes committed during the liberation war.

The issue will be discussed in the parliament. The motive of AL is not yet clear whether they will prefer a caretaker government or switch over to other form. The judgment of the supreme court open up the dual opportunity for them. They are tatking time to come to a conclusion.I am also suspecting that they will linger the discussion close to the end of their term and on the political reading at the last moment they will come to a decision.

People still would prefer an elelction under CTG. The alternative is an election under an independent election commission. But political government does not yet able to develop the confidence to conduct an independent election under an election commission.

Any attempt by the government to manipulate the result will bring no good to the government.

An ordinary citizen

Conflict of superiority between judiciary and parliament January 23, 2011

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The controversy started on November 29, 2010 with the summoning of judicial staff by the subcommittee for law and parliamentary affairs.

The judiciary rejected the appeal on the plea that it is not accountable to parliament for its activities.

In reaction, Suranjit Sen Gupta, Chairman of the Parliamentary Subcommittee said that as per constitution parliament is the highest seat of authority. As the people hold the supreme authority and they bestowed their power on the elected members of parliament, it is the parliament who holds the authority over all the organs of the state. He opined that the judiciary also be accountable to parliament.

The chief justice Mr.Khairul Hoque said in a meeting that none is superior among judiciary, parliament and executive branch of the state. They are complementary to each other. the judges are accountable only to Almighty and the people. They express their accountability through the judgments to the people.

The comment of the chief justice drew further comments. Suranjit Sengupta tried to defend himself. Mr. Aminur Rahman a retired judge said that he thinks that it is the parliament to whom the judiciary should remain accountable. Barrister zahiruddin, the leading constitutional expert supported the opinion of the chief justice when asked by the media on the issue. He also said that if the judiciary does not remain independent, the majority party will try to dictate judiciary at its will.

The ordinary citizen respect the dignity and independence of judiciary.

An ordinary citizen

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Amnesty International Report 2010 on Bangladesh May 28, 2010

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Following is the excerpt from the Amnesty International Report 2010 on Bangladesh:

At least 74 people including civilians and army officers were killed during a Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny in February. After the mutiny, over 3,000 BDR personnel were detained, at least 48 of whom died in custody. Police and security forces were implicated in the alleged extrajudicial executions of up to 70 criminal suspects. At least 64 people were sentenced to death and at least three were executed. Women continued to be victims of acid attacks, rape, beatings and other attacks, with little preventive action from the authorities.
Background
The Awami League government took office in January,
ending two years of an army-backed state of emergency under a civilian caretaker government. The new government endorsed some institutional reforms which the caretaker government had initiated under temporary legislation. These included the Human Rights Commission Act which Parliament enacted in July. The government also set up the Information Commission in July after Parliament passed the Right to Information Act in March.
Repression of dissent
Police continued to use unnecessary and excessive
force against protesters.  In September, dozens of police attacked peaceful protesters with batons in Dhaka at a rally organized by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports. At least 20 protesters, including one of their leaders, Professor Anu Mohammed, were injured. Some 1,000 protesters were calling for greater transparency in the government’s decision to award contracts to international oil companies. There was no independent investigation of the attack.
BDR rebellion – torture and fear of unfair trials
Members of the BDR launched a large-scale mutiny in February at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka. Mutineers killed at least 74 people, including six civilians, 57 army officers, one army soldier, nine jawans (lowest BDR rank), and one as yet unidentified person. Thousands of BDR personnel were subsequently confined to barracks and denied all outside contact. Reports soon emerged that scores – possibly hundreds – of BDR personnel suffered human rights violations, including torture, for possible involvement in the mutiny. At least 20 BDR personnel died in custody between March and May alone. BDR officials claimed that four men committed suicide, and 16 died from natural causes. By 10 October, the total number of BDR personnel who died in custody was 48. There were allegations that torture may have been the cause or a contributing factor in some of these deaths. An official committee set up in May to investigate the deaths had not submitted its report by year’s end.
An official investigation into the circumstances of the mutiny failed to establish its causes. Another investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department of the police to identify charges against more than 3,000 BDR personnel awaiting trial had not submitted
its report by year’s end. The government confirmed in September that trials for killings, hostage-taking and looting would take place in civilian courts. It was not clear what resources, particularly in terms of additional training for judges, were available to courts
to provide fair trials to such an unprecedented number of defendants.
Indigenous Peoples’ rights
The government began in August to disband major army camps in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to meet one of several unimplemented agreements of the 1997 CHT peace accord. The accord, signed by the government and CHT representatives, recognized the rights of Indigenous Peoples living in the area and ended more than two decades of insurgency. The government took no action to resolve other unimplemented agreements, including a dispute over land ownership which Indigenous Peoples allege the
army confiscated from them during the insurgency and gave to non-Indigenous Bangladeshis whom the government encouraged to settle there.
Extrajudicial executions
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged in February and October that the government would end extrajudicial executions. However, up to 70 people reportedly died in “crossfire” in the first nine months of the year. Police authorities usually characterized suspected extrajudicial executions as deaths from “crossfire” or after a “shoot-out”.  Family members of Mohsin Sheikh, aged 23, and Mohammad Ali Jinnah, aged 22, two Awami League student leaders, alleged that Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel shot the two men dead in Dhaka in May. The RAB claimed that the men disregarded a warning to stop at a checkpoint. It said that in the “gunfight” that followed, the men were shot dead. An autopsy of the bodies showed that none of the bullets fired by RAB officers had gone astray, which suggested that this was a planned killing and not a “gunfight”. Police subsequently opened criminal investigations against 10 RAB personnel, but no one was brought to justice.
Violence against women
Newspapers reported at least 21 cases where a husband had killed his wife because her family could not afford to give him dowry money. Police sources said they had received at least 3,413 complaints of beating and other abuse of women over dowry disputes between January and October. In many of the known cases, prosecution led to conviction, but the authorities failed to develop, fund and implement an action programme to actively prevent violence against women. Women’s rights groups said many
cases of violence against women, such as the alleged rape of sex workers in police custody, were not reported for fear of reprisal and lack of protection.  In October, Smrity Begum died after she was allegedly forced by her husband to swallow poison.
He had demanded a motorbike from Smrity Begum’s family as her dowry, which they could not afford. Police charged the husband with murder.
Legal, constitutional or institutional
developments

The Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs announced in August that a tribunal would be set up to hear cases of people accused of human rights abuses during the 1971 independence war, but no such tribunals were set up.
Death penalty
Five men found guilty of killing then President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 had their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Court in November. At least 64 people were sentenced to death and at least three were executed.
Amnesty International visits/reports
Amnesty International delegates visited Bangladesh in April and May.
 Looking for justice: Mutineers on trial in Bangladesh
(ASA 13/006/2009)
 Bangladesh: Appeals for commutation of death sentences
(ASA 13/007/2009)
[Amnesty International Report 2010 Page 73-74]

Link: Amnesty International

ACC Controversy May 10, 2010

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From Daily Star 10/5/2010

A new controversy arises regarding ACC (Anti- Corruption Commission) of Bangladesh with the comment of Mohiuddin khan Alamgir, MP and Chairman of the Public Acctts Committee of Parliament when he says that ACC should be abolished. He argued that when an organization only serve the purpose of the masters then it has no right to exit. He also urges apology from the present ACC for their wrongdoings during the last Caretaker Government.

Present ACC Chief Golam Rahman denied to apologize arguing that ACC is an institution,not an individual. It can’t apologise to anybody.

If we accept the logic of MKA, then many of the Govt and Non-Govt organizations will be needed to be abolished including the police forces. That will be an absurd thing one can imagine.

We should plea for not to abolish the ACC but to strengthen it and make it more independent and autonomous.

An ordinary citizen

Link: Breaking the ACC’s back- ANM Nurul Hoque in Daily Star

Neutered ACC-Shahedul Anam Khan in Daily Star

Judicial System -turning into a glass house April 29, 2010

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Ex Chief Justice Mahmud Amin Chowdhury expressed concern over the state of Judiciary in Bangladesh that it is turning into a house made of glass and may crumble at any time.

Recently Govt adopted an ammendment demeaning the power of Anti-corruption commission which was criticized by different quarters including World Bank.

It looks that a section of people is beyond the judisdiction of judiciary.

People have hopes that Govt will take steps to restore the faith of people on the judiciary.

An ordinary citizen

Link: Dr. Mojaffar Ahmed in Prothom Alo on ACC

Now it is time to stop-Asif Iqbal in Prothom Alo

BDR Mutiny: Trial is continuing April 24, 2010

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The trial is continuing for mutiny in the BDR on the 25th February of 2009.

PM said the trial will be completed by this year.

We hope the masterminds behind the masscre would be identified and the accused will get a fair trial.

An ordinary citizen

Link: BDR Mutiny

War Crimes on Trial in Bangladesh March 27, 2010

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Government has set the stage to start the trial of the war crimes in Bangladesh about 40 years after the war fought for liberation of Bangladesh. It formed the tribunal, fixed the prosecutors and assigned people to inquire into the allegations.

The Government in its first stage listed 25 people, 23 of whom are from Jamaat-e- Islami and 2 from BNP, most of whom are among the top leaders of the parties.

The listed 25 are also present in the list of 50, which was prepared earlier by the Sectors Commanders Forum .

The Chief of the Tribunal assures that no innocent will be punished.

People from different sectors expressed their satisfaction over the event. The Law Minister said that the process may take a little longer time to maintain the transparency and international standard.

Salahuddin Kader Chowdhury, one of the accused and a law maker from BNP reacted saying that it moved by the government to embarrass his party politically and to divert the attention of the people from the failures of the government.

The leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami remain mum on the news and said that as it is legal matter only lawyers will speak over the matter. They are also fixing the lawyers to defend them.

Matiya Chowdhury, a powerful minister of the government said that the sympathizers of the accused may create violence to jeopardize the trial.

The trial of the war crimes is a long awaiting one. Different national crisis and compromise by political parties delays the trail so far. Because of relentless effort by some social groups and increasing awareness of the new generation regarding the liberation war and return of AL to the power make the trial possible.

The trial must be a fair one, transparent and of international standard. The accused also should fight the case legally and at best politically but in no way they should take arms to create violence to jeopardize the legal procedure. That will destroy the last chance of political survival of Jamaat-e-Islami in this country.

An ordinary citizen

Verdict on Bangabandhu killing case: Bangladesh correcting itself November 20, 2009

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Bangladesh Supreme Court in its historical judgement on 19th November 2009 upheld the verdict of the Highcourt on the killing case of Bangabandhu Sk. Mujibur Raman, the father of the nation. High Cort in its last judgment had given the capital punishment to all 12 accused.

Bangabandhu was brutally murdered along with the family members including a minor son Rasel on the night of the 15th August 1975 by a group of armymen. It is speculated that the group had connections with national and international bodies and many individuals.

The case took long 34 years to come to an end. The consirators initially got the indemnity and they were in many ways protected and benfited by the successive governments until in 1996 when the AL-led government repelled the indemnity bill and the case then activated. The progress of the case was delayed many a times for different reasons including shortage of judges and feeling of embarrassment by some of them.

After the new government came to power with massive mandate, it took up the matter with extreme priority and appointed new judges and finished the job at its earliest possible time.

People express their joy, PM Hasina sheds her tears and Barrister Tapash, son of SK. Moni, who was killed on the day, told that the verdict is the best gift on his birthday.

Goverment took extensive measures to thwart any untoward event on the day of judgment and the day passed peacefully.

Friday,the day after the verdict is declared as ‘sokrana day’ and people prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of August 15, 1975.

Bangladesh tried to correct itself of a wrongdoing of killing the father of the nation and changing a government undemocratically and unconstitutionally. But People and the Government must be careful for history not to repeat itself by preventing any situation that may give rise to such unexpected incidents.

An ordinary citizen

ACC is frustrated over its own state and state of judiciary in Bangladesh October 25, 2009

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The  Chief of Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC)  recently expressed his frustration over ts own state and state of  judiaciary in relation to the corruption cases in Bangladesh.

BDnews24.com reports, the chief of watchdog said. ‘ the government is clipping the wings of the Anticorruption Commission, reducing some of its powers, in phases’.

After making the Anticorruption Commission a ‘tiger without teeth’, the process is underway to cut the nails from its claws,” ACC chairman Golam Rahman told reporters.

Rahman also said it is not possible to wipe out corruption due to the existing judicial system.

“It won’t be possible to remove corruption if the judicial system is not reformed in line with the reality,” he said.

“If the judges are not tough against the corrupt people they would continue to commit more corruption under the umbrella of law”.

ACC chairman also commented that, “It is not possible to prevent high-level corruption without a strong political will. 

The present government has formed a committee for recommendation on the Anti-Corruption Commission. ACC boss probably reacted  to the notice served by the committee.

An ordinary citizen

A George Mia and independence of Judiciary in Bangladesh September 6, 2009

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In relation to 21st August, 2004 bomb blast event, a George Mia was accused and arrested which later on found to be falsely implicated to save the actual culprits of the murder attempt on the opposition leader and present PM Sk  Hasina. Dozens of leaders and workers died on the spot and many injured, the spot turned into a hell, though the PM survived luckily.

George Mia later released but in a recent news he said that he is feeling unsafe and afraid of his own life.

The Government has decided to reinvestigate the whole episode of 21st August to bring the culprits and their patrons to book. Demand also raised to find out the wrongdoers who knowingly involve George Mia in the case.

I was recently listening to a discussion, where to a question to an expert whether a new George Mia will not be created, he couldn’t give any guaranty, the answer points to the frustration over the independence of our judiaciary, though it is said to be separated from the executive.

An ordinary citizen

UK Ministers, abuse of funds and resignations August 7, 2009

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UK MinstersWhen UK Justice Minister Shadin Malik resigned in June 2009, on the allegation of expending excess public funds, people become aware of the trouble going on in Browns cabinet. Few more ministers resigned on the same ground making the Prime Minister Gordon Brown own post vulnerable to challange.

PM Brown denies to resign saying that the situation is unexpected but not serious enough to resign.

The Labour Party survived the onslaught but it performs poorly in the following local government elections. Most of all, the people lost the faith on the politicans and their respect to the public money.

In a country like Bangladesh, one cannot imagine such a situation. Here Minister resigns if he/she is asked to by the Prime Minister, Otherwise he has no failure and he make no corruption or embezzlement of fund during the tenure of his government. There is no court and no commission which could dare to investigate any allegation against a sitting Minister.

For Bangladesh, probably it will always remain a dream to see a minister resign on the charge of corruption or embezzlement of fund during the tenure of his Government.

An ordinary citizen

The case of Sotomayor: Judging a Judge July 31, 2009

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SotomayorWhen a seat was vacant in the Supreme Court of USA, after a period of speculation for many, President OBama proposed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his candidate to fill up the vacant post of retiring Justice David Souter. Soymoto is an Hispanic American working as federal appellate judge Few speculated her name but Obama thought to nominate one who ‘would bring more experience on the bench than anyone currently serving on the Supreme Court’.

Immedaiately MEDIA started to scrutinise her past as a Judge and as a person. Her background has been revealed. Her judgements have been reviwed. Even her speeches at public functions were critically analysed.

Many speak out against her for her judgements, against her attitude.blame her for racism, doubt on her integrity and intellect. She tried to defend her, explained her position and clarified the ambiguity.

Along the process, she had to face the Sente JUdiciary Committee where she had to face quesstions from every angle one can imagine. The Committee appproved the nomination on majority votes.

The final passage would be in the Senate where she gets the approval, she will be the first Hispanic American Justice in the history of America.

In Bangladesh, the appointment is more a secret process. The President has the constitutional power to appoint the judges of the Supreme Court with the consent of the Prime Minister from the sitting judges of the High Court or the advocates of the Judiciary. No public srutiny, no interoggation by the parliamentary committee or voting in the parliament are necessary.

Does the selection process in Bangladesh for judges in the Supreme Court need more screening by the people and parliament?

An ordinary citizen

Postscript:
Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court

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