“He’s not a war criminal. He’s not evil. He didn’t lie. He wasn’t anyone’s poodle. He hasn’t got blood on his hands.’’ This is not an unusual stand for a lawyer Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah who is advocating in favor of a criminal, no matter whether the criminal had raped or killed the lawyers’ daughter or not.
It was like splitting the sky when Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah , member of BNP’s standing committee, publicly certified the innocence of Motiur Rahman Nizami, mastermind of all genocides during the liberation war of Bangladesh. Barrister Rafique in a public meeting today also said that Nizami is a man of noble character and sets precedence as great leader. They also refused the contribution of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It is interesting that these defence lawyers talks about ‘3 million dead’. Nizami started praising Bangabandhu as great leader and founder of Bangladesh in many public meeting before his arrest as war criminal.
Motiur Rahaman Nizami was member of Razakar force and Peace Committee formed to collaborate with the Pakistani Army. He was also the chief of operations of Al-Badr (death squad) force, responsible for the genocide, rape and murder of thousands of Bengalis during the liberation war.
The partisan people attended in the public meeting could probably have tolerated Rafique’s loathing streak but conscious people expects more plausible speech from a noted lawyer and politician. What is worse than a hypocrite unearthing the truth in false?
Nizami, heading the Islamist party Jamat-e-Islami, has been in jail along with five others top war criminals. They have been accused of leading a militia that targeted unarmed civilians in the run up to Bangladesh’s liberation in December 1971. The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal accused them of collaborating with authorities in erstwhile Pakistan during the 1971 Liberation War. The news and their speeches of that time published in different national and international newspaper unanimously prove their involvement against freedom movement of Bangladesh. Daily Sangram is another example to reveal their role.
Jamat-e-Islami had been patronized by the rulers after 75. They never apologized for their activities even for their support against independence. Though they made their political ground strong enough and shaped a position patronizing different Jihadist or Islamist terrorist group but the sentiment majority peoples of Bangladesh was always against them. Conscious citizens desired that they should have been arrested without the benefit of charges.
The Japanese soldiers that water boarded US prisoners during world war-2 were charged with war crimes and sentenced to death! In the last general election strong anti WCC sentiment “crimes against humanity” blinded everyone into supporting their punishment.
On March 25, 2010, the ruling Awami League government set up a special tribunal for the trial of “war criminals” accused of genocide and those who sided with the Pakistani military during the ‘Liberation War’.
The fate of our people is that the main opposition party is not co-operating with the war crimes tribunal. In the interrogation of War Crime Tribunal Nizami also other accused, had regretted for their role in the genocide of three million people perished in 1971. Nizami admitted that atrocities carried out by the Pakistani troops was actually “genocide”.
“I was compelled to do it to save my life as the Pakistani army would have killed me otherwise,”
It is deemed an unacceptable excuse! But their lawyers claimed that they played no role in it.
The tradition of our politics is to attain state power at any cost. BNP didn’t expressed their solidarity with the War Crime Tribunal only to have a stand against ruling party. Our leaders are yet follow the commandment of the party. Till now no leaders of BNP voiced in favor of any prime accused publicly. Barrister Rafique-ul Huq’s falsehood seems astonishing but the fact is being a noted lawyer he was charged for contempt-of-court. So the irresponsible vocalizations of a lawyer can only be labeled as liar.