Since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, over
the last thirty years Bangladesh has seen the days of sunshine and promises as
well as the gruesome realities of death and destructions. A country which was
born out of a bloody battle costing millions of lives fell again into the
tricky traps of coup and counter coup and secret political killings paving its
way to terrorism in politics. Beginning with the murder of its founding father
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman , followed by the jail killings of highprofile political leaders whose contributions
to the liberation of Bangladesh can hardly be underestimatedand of course
the murder of General Ziaur Rahman , the former President of Bangladesh,
the killing spree has continued over the last nearly four decades.Surprisingly, the perpetrators of such
heinous crimes have not been brought to justice till today. In some cases , the
procedure continues , in others the process is so slow that one cannot be sure
when the criminals would get their due share from the court of law.
In our this edition of HelloWashington, our
distinguished guests, while answering the questions of our listeners have
analyzed and reflected on these issues . They said that this state of impunity
should not be continued. They also held the government mechanism, the process
of investigation and the political interference responsible for the delay , if
not the denial of Justice .
major killings which were discussed in the program were the murder of
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of the members of his family which
Barrister Amirul Islam described as a “mini-mass murder”, the bomb attack in
Awami League’s meeting on August 21 , the murder of SAMS Kibria , the former Finance
Minister of Bangladesh and the killing of Nurul Islam , the President of
Bangladesh Ganatanri Party and his son .
Amongst the participantswere Reza Kibria, the son of the slain
finance ministerSAMS Kibria and the
Moutushi Islam, the daughter of the murdered political leader Nurul Islam. They raised questions on unusual delays in investigations and bringing the perpetrators of crime to justice.
Our Guests were Barrister Amirul Islam , a
renowned jurist from Bangladesh , Justice Ghulam Rabbani , a retired Justice of
the Appellate Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court, and Dr Ali Riaz , Professor
Department of Government and Politics, Illinois State University .