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Hello Washington: Trials of War Criminals of Bangladesh 


This week’s call -in show focused on the issue of War Criminals of Bangladesh which referred to the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 when the occupation army of the erstwhile Pakistan and their Bengali collaborators participated in mass killings, rapes and arsons. The new government in Bangladesh has recently passed a law to bring the alleged war criminals to justice.

The panelists of guests, who answered the questions, joined us on teleconference line from Dhaka and Geneva.

Justice Ghulam Rabbani, a retired Justice of the Appellate Division, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam from English Department, Dhaka University and Dr Ahmed Ziauddin, an expert on International Law and Director for Center for Bangladesh Genocide Studies in Belgium.

The panelists expressed their deep optimism about the possibility of bringing the alleged war criminals to justice. They said that a special tribunal should try the War Criminals in Bangladesh and they gave mixed opinions on the involvement of international community, particularly of the UN in the process of trial.

All the members of the panelists emphasized on a transparent and fair trial without any political implication and or any political objectives in it.

They think that the trial will be held within the life time of the present government in Bangladesh.

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