TIB calls for completion of other war crimes cases
It says ICT verdict a befitting tribute to millionsUnited News of Bangladesh . Dhaka
Voicing deep satisfaction over the verdict against Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, the Transparency International Bangladesh on Tuesday called for immediate all-out actions to execute it.
The graft watchdog body demanded completion of all other similar pending cases following the due process ignoring pressure, influence and fear.
Referring to the historic judgment by the International Crimes Tribunal, TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said, “This is a milestone … a befitting tribute to the millions of freedom fighters, particularly those who sacrificed their lives and experienced inhuman sufferings in the hands of barbaric perpetrators of war crime.”
He went on: “21 January will remain a red letter day in the history of Bangladesh marking the beginning of a glorious phase of truly proud and meaningful Victory, relieving the national agony of unmet justice for too long.”
“We are particularly satisfied that a pernicious impunity that the war criminals enjoyed for 41 years by shameless commission and collusion has now been effectively challenged. We want the process to be completed in the due process by bringing to justice all others against whom there are allegations of similar crimes, so that no such violation happens in the territory of Bangladesh anytime in the future,” he said.
The TIB statement said the judgment should also be viewed as the beginning of a process that will hopefully ensure that any other forms of impunity, including all forms of abuse of power and violation of constitutional rights, are unacceptable in Bangladesh.
“We also call upon the relevant authorities to conduct a highly professional and credible investigation into the context and process through which Bachchu Razakar escaped in spite of being under surveillance. Those found guilty must face consequences not only for negligence of duty but also possible complicity with perpetrators of war crime and crime against humanity”, it said.
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