Although International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) had sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami Nayebe Amir Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death, the Appellate Division of Supreme Court (SC) has commuted the death sentence and awarded him imprisonment unto death. The tribunal had found Sayedee guilty on eight counts, but appellate division has acquitted him of three of these charges. Moreover, the death sentence awarded to Sayedee for Ibrahim Kutti murder did not stand in the appellate division. Under these circumstance, the flaws of investigation and conducting of the cases by prosecution of the crimes against humanity during liberation war have come to fore again. It is the responsibility of the prosecution and investigation agency of the tribunal to prove... more ›
Although Article 96 of 1972 Constitution has been restored, the parliament will not be able to remove a judge merely on the basis of allegation against him. The allegation has to be proved. It is necessary to enact a new law for the purpose. The parliament will be able to approve the probe report. The authority to impeach a judge will rest with the President. With a view to restoring Article 96, the parliament passed the Constitution (16th Amendment) Bill 2014 on Wednesday night. Clause 1 of Article 96 remains unchanged in the amended law. Meanwhile, Clauses 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are replaced with Clauses 2, 3 and 4 of... more ›
Sporadic clashes marked Thursday’s hartal enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami in the capital and elsewhere in the country. Jamaat called a 48-hour countrywide hartal on Wednesday protesting the Supreme Court verdict that commuted the death sentence of its Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment until death for war crimes. The first day of the 48-hour hartal began at 6:00am on Thursday which will continue till 6:00am on Friday. Jamaat will enforce the second day’s hartal from 6:00am on Sunday while it will continue till 6:00 am on Monday. Hartal supporters clashed with the law enforcers in the city. A good number of hartal activists were also arrested for creating arson and... more ›
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the countrymen would have been happy, had the capital punishment had been upheld against war-crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee. “The court delivered the verdict on Wednesday, but it was not desirable… The court delivered the verdict independently and the government has nothing to do with it,” she told parliament in her valedictory speech, as the session was prorogued on the day. Hinting at Sayedee, the premier said he was known as a preacher. “But now he has been identified as a rapist, a killer and a looter. Although he used to deliver good words, he is basically a barbarous man.” Hasina said the trial of... more ›
Opposition leader Raushan Ershad on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her failure to stop misuse of formalin and food adulteration that are posing serious threats to public health. Raushan, a presidium member of the Jatiya Party, also came down heavily on her for frequent power outages, the battered condition of roads and garbage pollution in the capital. “Your [Hasina] government has failed to ensure safe foods for people. Formalin is being used mindlessly in almost all food items. Then how do you claim yourself the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman?” Raushan questioned Hasina in her winding up speech in parliament. Raushan said, “You can stop... more ›
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