Dear Madam Prime Minister
Why are you surrounded by incompetent idiots? We know it is unfair to blame you for everything, but in this case we will hold you personally responsible for this horrendous personnel decision.
We are of course talking about the fact that the chief investigator of the War Crimes Tribunal himself was a member of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the student arm of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971.
That does not make Mr. Matin a war-criminal, but surely Madam Prime Minister, you do not expect 100% neutrality from a former affiliated member of a party whose leaders will be INVESTIGATED and JUDGED by this war crimes trial?
Daily Star reported:
The chief investigator for war crimes trial, Abdul Matin was nominated for the presidency of a college unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha, student organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, prime minister’s adviser on education Dr Alauddin Ahmed told a roundtable yesterday.
Alauddin questioned how a person nominated for the post of president of a college unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha could be made the chief investigator, reports private TV channel ATN Bangla.
He said one of the investigators is yet to join the probe agency because of his reservation about Matin’s appointment as its chief.
Vision 24 organised the roundtable “Trial of War Criminals in the International Context” at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
This bombshell was not dropped by someone from BNP or others who might wish to harm your party; Dr. Alauddin is your party member and a trusted member of your advisory council.
Mr. Matin happens to be a former senior bureaucrat. As a result, the government would know a lot about his history. His pre-employment background investigation report also included his political affiliations as researched and documented by the special branch (SB) and that became part of his Annual Confidential Report (ACR).
He got investigated by DGFI before every promotion (as all senior civil servants are investigated) until his retirement.
So: Dr. Alauddin knew. DGFI probably knew, or knew and tried to suppress it (nothing about the DGFI surprises us any more).
If Dr. Alauddin’s claim is true that another investigator is yet to join the committee because of Mr. Matin’s past, then this is common knowledge.
So: How could you not know?
Madam Prime Minister, we expect that you will suspend Mr. Matin immediately and ask for his resignation. While you are at it, ask for the resignation of the person who picked Mr. Matin for this position as well. Make an example, and make it visible. Show the country that nothing will compromise the neutrality of the trials.
You have seen the killers of your family face justice. Do not allow the trial for the murder and rape of 3 million people be messed up.