Archive for: February 2013

Sayedee to hang

Ref: The first war crimes tribunal on Thursday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death for his war crimes during the 1971 Liberation war.

The verdict brings the first and perhaps the most sensational war crimes case to an end after 16 months since the charges were framed.

Sayedee to hang

Sayedee to hang

He was indicted on 20 charges on Oct 3, 2011 , several months before the other Jamaat leaders facing trial. He was arrested and brought before the tribunal for the first time on Nov 2, 2010, nearly a year before the indictment.

The three-member International Crimes Tribunal-1, was set up to try crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, on Mar 25, 2010. Read more →

Tribunal reading out Sayedee verdict

Ref: The International Crimes Tribunal-1 is now reading out the summary of its judgement in war crimes trial of Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, chairman of the tribunal, is reading out the verdict.

Prior to the beginning of the day’s proceeding, the law enforcers produced Sayedee before the ICT-1.

A prison van carrying Sayedee entered the tribunal premises around 9:30am amid tight security. Read more →

Jamaat calls hartal today

Ref: The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday called a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike for today.
Acting Jamaat secretary general Rafiqul Islam Khan called the general strike issuing a statement immediately after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 announced that it would pronounce today the verdict in a case against the detained Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee on charge of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 war of independence. Read more →

ICT delivers third verdict Thursday

Source: The third verdict in the war crimes trial, this time on Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, is expected to be pronounced Thursday, says the first war crimes tribunal of Bangladesh.
 The Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP leaders are standing trial for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
In its first verdict on Jan 21, the ICT-2 had awarded death penalty to absconding former Jamaat full member Abul Kalam Azad, also known as Bachchu Razakar. Read more →

Shahbagh welcomed in India

Shahbagh+protest_120213Source: India has come out in strong support of the Shahbagh protests.
 Last week, National Security Adviser (NSA) Shivshankar Menon described the protests as a sign of the “open-mindedness” of the Bangladeshi youth, who were battling extremism and upholding fundamental values of democracy.

Setting up the Ram Sathe chair in Pune, Menon was quoted in the “Times of India” as saying: “The ongoing spontaneous gathering against extremist elements and war criminals by thousands of youth at Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka shows the strength of feeling, capacity for political mobilization and open-mindedness of Bangladeshi youth.” Read more →

8 banks’ capital deficit Tk70bln

Source:sangsad State-owned banks, private banks and eight other financial institutions have a capital deficit of over TK 71.49 billion and five banks have a provision deficit of over Tk 21.2 billion, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told the parliament.

The Minister revealed the information during Tuesday’s session while replying to a question raised by BNP MP Zafrul Islam Chowdhury.

Sonali Bank, Rupali Bank, Bangladesh Krishi Bank and Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank were the state-owned banks having both capital and provision deficit.

The private banks falling in this category were Bangladesh Commerce Bank, First Security Islami Bank, ICB Islami Bank, United Commercial Bank and Mutual Trust Bank. Read more →

‘Stop Shahbagh demo’

Ref: Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, a key ally of Jamaat-e-Islami, on Monday gave the government three days to stop the Shahbagh demonstrations, or else, face anarchy.

The ultimatum came from a rally held at Parbati High School ground in Hathazari upazila in Chittagong district in the afternoon. Read more →

‘Israel seeks chaos in Palestinian territories’

Ref: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Monday that Israel was deliberately seeking to stoke unrest in the occupied West Bank but that Palestinians would not be provoked.

‘The Israelis want chaos and we know it but we won’t let them,’ Abbas said in comments at his West Bank headquarters, seemingly in response to an Israeli demand on Sunday that he calm a wave of protest in the territory. Read more →

Sagar-Runi Murder Journos destroy evidences: MKA

Ref: Home Minister MK Alamgir on Monday blamed journalists for destroying important evidence of journo couple Sagar-Runi murder case.
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He said: “People and the media personnel had rushed to the spot immediately after the incidents before law enforcing agencies including police reached. It has led to distortion of some important evidence.” Read more →

Today’s SSC exams rescheduled

Ref: The Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations scheduled for today will be held on Friday (March 1) due to countrywide hartal called by eight Islamist and like-minded parties.

Prof Abdus Salam Hawlader, acting chairman of Dhaka Education Board and president of inter-education board coordination sub-committee, said the examinations will held from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Read more →