‘A beginning of the end to impunity’ – The verdict in Chief Prosecutor v Abul Kalam Azad (aka Bachchu Razakar)

January 22, 2013
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International Crimes Strategy Forum (ICSF) welcomes the first ever verdict delivered by the International Crimes Tribunal-II against Mr Abul Kalam Azad, a former leader of Jamat-I-Islami, who had been tried for crimes against humanity and genocide that he had committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. ICSF considers this first verdict as the beginning of the end to the long held culture of impunity for international crimes committed during the War that prevailed for four long decades, and a beacon of hope to the victims who had been waiting for justice. This verdict has indeed reinforced and strengthened the rule of law. ICSF remembers the victims of 1971 and their sacrifices upon which Bangladesh was built on. Today their souls can truly rest in peace for the justice done for crimes that have been perpetrated against them. ICSF also acknowledges the relentless activism and campaign for justice against all odds that have led to this day.

Mr Azad evaded arrest as he fled the country when warrant of his arrest was in progress against him. After thorough investigation, formal charges containing prima facie case were lodged against him by the Prosecutors of which the Tribunal took cognisance after due perusal. In the absence of the accused, the Tribunal proceeded with the trial in absentia in accordance with the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 and appointed competent counsel on its own accord to conduct the case for the accused. The trial took place in the open court where the Tribunal weighed the evidence against the accused, and heard arguments presented and rebutted by respective counsel.

Established in 2009, ICSF is an independent coalition of independent activists and experts comprising 13 independent organisations that are committed to end impunity, establish rule of law and to ensure justice for international crimes that have been perpetrated in 1971.

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2 Responses to ‘A beginning of the end to impunity’ – The verdict in Chief Prosecutor v Abul Kalam Azad (aka Bachchu Razakar)

  1. Khondkar Abdus Saleque
    January 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Bacchu was in Faridpoor Rajendra College when we studied in 1970.Tow of our class mates Nowfel and Nasim embraced martyrdom at the last stage of the liberation war on 9th December while ambushing retreating Pakistan Army at Kamarkhali. Bachhu in our knowledge was very active collaborator of Pakistan Army. He himself killed several members of minority community and abetted in raping of innocent woman.
    For me and many like me 21st January 2013 will remain as a significant milestone . Almost lost faith that we will ever witness any punishment of those beasts, butchers of 1971 who opposed our liberation war being son of our soil. Uncompromising sister Hasina made it possible. She deserves unqualified praise for that .Freedom fighters[ Including Beerongonas] are our prized possession .We must never ever show any disrespect to them/We may differ in political thoughts . But there must not be any difference in showing total respect and commitment to liberation war and freedom fighters. Unfortunately several beneficiaries of past anti liberation force dominated government at home and abroad are on a propaganda war to barricade trial and punishment of War criminals. All freedom loving, self respecting Bangladeshis must remain alert and resist them.

  2. Khondkar Abdus Saleque
    January 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

    We have witness that people in general from all walks of life have welcomed the first verdict of Trial of Criminals against humanity . Only Jamat and care taker BNP have taken stance against it. Jamat as the party opposing the liberation war and actively collaborating with occupation Pakistan army will definitely disagree and oppose. But why BNP ? BNP creator General Zia scrapped collaborator act, reinstated citizenship of Jamat Ameer Golam Azam, made War Crime suspect Shah Aziz Prime Minister and another suspect Abul Alim [ under trial now]minister .He also inspired indemnity act for the self confessed killers of Bangabandhu and Zail killers .
    His widow made three other main suspects Salauddin Quader, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mujahid Ministers. Now identified corrupt persons like Moudud and opportunists MK Anwar [ One of the 303 Suspect] have to play the tune of their masters. BNP can not abandon their long term partners. BNP was actually created to establish anti liberation forces in Bangladesh. People must make correct assessment now.

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