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Bangladesh court upholds death sentences for coup

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Supreme Court rejected final appeals Thursday by five former soldiers sentenced to death in the 1975 killing of Bangladesh's independence leader in a military coup, a government attorney said.

A five-member jury dismissed the men's plea to commute the penalty in a packed courtroom in capital Dhaka, attorney Anisul Haq said.

"The nation has got justice," Haq told reporters. "We had to travel a long way to come to this."

The five convicted men were in Dhaka Central Jail when the jury dismissed their appeals.

They can now petition the country's president for clemency in their last bid for life.

In 1998, a Dhaka court sentenced the men to death for the killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who led Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. Until then, Bangladesh was the eastern wing of Pakistan.

The five petitioned the Supreme Court to commute their sentences.

Seven others who were also convicted are fugitives abroad, Haq said.

Police were put on high alert at the court and in jail areas, national police Chief Nur Mohammad said. Security was also being provided to lawyers and judges in the case.

Last month, attackers hurled a bomb at the car of a lawyer who is advising the government on the appeals. Fazle Noor Taposh, who is also a ruling party lawmaker, was unhurt, but 15 party members were injured.

Rahman became the country's first leader after independence. But he and most of his family and close aides were gunned down at his Dhaka residence on Aug. 15, 1975, during a military coup.

The government fears that the coup plotters may try to create disturbances after Thursday's ruling.

The coup leaders were given indemnity by subsequent military rulers, and were only put on trial when Rahman's daughter, Sheikh Hasina, became prime minister in 1996. Hasina and her younger sister, Rehana, survived the coup because they were touring Europe at the time.

Taposh's father, Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni, also was slain in the 1975 coup.

Police have detained several relatives of convicted coup leaders as suspects in last month's attack on Taposh.


July 02, 2010, 04:42:06 PM Last Edit: July 02, 2010, 04:44:22 PM by AnneTheBelgian

Friday, July 02, 2010

Bangladeshi militant charged over PM killing plot

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday indicted the leader of a banned Islamic group and 13 key lieutenants for attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a July 2000 plot, police said.

Mufti Abdul Hannan and 13 members of his banned Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (HuJI) were charged with planting a large explosive device with the intention of killing the prime minister, police sub-inspector Nupur Rani Dutta said.

"Mufti Hannan and his associates planted a bomb weighing 76 kilograms (167 pounds) at a college campus where Hasina was scheduled to give a speech," Dutta said.

Nine of the accused, including Hannan, were present in the heavily fortified court in the southern Bangladeshi town of Gopalganj when the judge read out the charges, Dutta said.

Five more HuJI lieutenants have been charged in absentia.

The trial will begin on August 8 with all of the accused facing the death penalty if found guilty of attempted murder and sedition charges, she added.

Hannan has already been sentenced to death in 2008, along with two of his key lieutenants, for a 2004 a bomb attack on the British High Commissioner at a Muslim shrine in northeastern city of Sylhet. He is appealing against the sentence.

He has also been charged with a 2004 grenade attack on a Dhaka rally when Hasina was the leader of the opposition. Hasina survived the deadly attack, which killed at least 20 of her party officials.

HuJI was banned in Bangladesh in 2005 for series of attacks on sufi shrines, foreign ambassadors and popular concerts. Police say the group has been significantly weakened following series of high profile arrests.

Hannan, a veteran of the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, was arrested in 2007 following a nationwide crackdown on militants. He has been in custody since his arrest. afp



Bangladesh charges 824 for deadly mutiny

21:00 AEST Mon Jul 12 2010

Bangladesh has charged 824 people for the massacre of scores of senior army officers during a mutiny in February last year that briefly threatened the government, a state prosecutor said.

"We have charged 824 people with murder, conspiracy, aiding and abetting murder, looting military weapons and arson," state prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kazal told AFP on Monday, adding the trial would take at least one year to complete.

Seventy-four people, including 57 senior army officers, were killed in a 33-hour siege at a military base in the capital Dhaka that was the first major crisis for the newly elected government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

All of the accused, who are being tried in Bangladesh's civil courts, have been charged with murder and could face the death penalty, Kazal said.

Police investigators on the civil case, which is the country's single largest criminal probe, have interviewed 9,500 border guards and civilians and have detained 2,307 people suspected of involvement.

The killings were pre-planned, leading police investigator Abdul Kahhar Akhand told AFP, and stemmed from pent-up anger among Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) soldiers over their superiors' refusal to increase their pay and improve working conditions.

"They mowed their officers down in cold blood, using semi-automatic weapons and rifles they'd looted from the barracks," Akhand said of the mutineers, who took over the BDR headquarters on February 25, 2009.

The mutineers hid the bodies of dead army officers in shallow graves and sewers before escaping in civilian clothes.

In parallel prosecutions, an estimated 3,500 soldiers who joined the mutiny as it spread to some 40 border posts across the country are being tried in special military courts, which were set up by the BDR, on lesser charges.

At least 200 guards have already been sentenced in these special military courts, which do not provide defendants with lawyers, to sentences ranging from one month to seven years in prison. The sentences cannot be appealed.

The criminal charges announced Monday are for more serious charges and for those directly implicated in the killing, looting, torture and overall planning of the mutiny.



Dhaka, Tuesday July 13 2010

Cabinet okays law to regulate border security force
Death penalty for mutiny proposed

FE Report

The cabinet Monday endorsed the draft legislation to regulate the border security force with a provision of death penalty for offences such as mutiny, murder or arson.

The draft Border Guard Bangladesh Act-2010 will replace the existing Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Act and officials said the updated law would prevent serious crimes within the force from recurring. The force will be renamed Border Guard Bangladesh.

In a post-cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister's spokesman Abul Kalam Azad said the draft law, if passed into law, will help prevent serious crimes like the BDR carnage at Peelkhana in the capital from recurring. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the regular meeting at the secretariat.

Mr. Azad said the cabinet had given its preliminary go-ahead to enact the law on March 1 and formed a six-member committee to further examine the details of the law before its final approval.

An official said the border guards will get a new badge and new uniform of black, maroon and ash instead of the present olive-maroon colours.

The deadly BDR mutiny in early 2009 had prompted the government to frame such a law in a bid to put the lid on future incidents. More than 70 people including 57 army officers on deputation were killed in the carnage.

The draft law also suggests a new organogram, new command structure and tougher promotion system for guardsmen to equivalent positions.

Members of the cabinet also approved the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's proposal to recruit 582 non-cadre assistant surgeons from merit lists in absence of adequate number of candidates under freedom fighters quota.

The cabinet body also approved the draft of the International Mother Language Institute Act, 2010 to preserve languages of different countries across the world and carry out research on dialects to help protect those from being vanished.

The cabinet gave the nod to the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act-2010 in order to curb violence on women and children in the family.

The approval was given after keeping a provision of 10 years imprisonment and 100,000 taka in fine for implicating anyone in false cases under the law.

While giving details, the press secretary said the cabinet took 498 decisions from January 2009 to June 2010, of which 411 were implemented and the rate of implementation is 87 per cent.

The Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister presented a report on his visit to Saudi Arabia.

The proposed law will further toughen penalties for crimes committed by border guards.

It includes a provision of death penalty for mutiny, or disobedience in the field by border guards. The existing maximum penalty under the BDR law is seven years in jail.



Death Penalty Continues Despite Flawed System

Tuesday, 24 August 2010, 5:28 pm

Press Release: ALRC


Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate

A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre(ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status

BANGLADESH: Death Penalty Continues Despite A Flawed Criminal Justice System

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre welcomes the discussion by the Human Rights Council during its 15th session concerning the report of the Secretary General on the question of the death penalty. In light of this discussion, the ALRC is hereby submitting information pertaining to the death penalty in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on September 6, 2000, but has not yet ratified the Optional Protocols to the ICCPR and also does not comply with the international law aiming to the abolition of death penalty.

The country has not only executed its citizens for decades, but officials, including Ministers, Parliamentarians and Judges also advocate publicly in favour of this practice, which denies people's right to life, often as the result of trials that do not meet the internationally recognized standards of fair trial.

2. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has learned from a reliable Home Ministry source, who requested anonymity, that there are around 407 convicts currently being detained in prisons across the country that face execution in the upcoming periods. Among the convicts, around 107 are being detained in Dhaka Central Jail, with the rest being detained in the country's other main prisons.

The high profile cases of execution to have taken place in Bangladesh include the death by hanging of five convicts on 28 January 2010 for the assassination of Bangladesh's founder, President Sheikh Muzibur Rahman, who was killed by members of the Bangladesh Army along with almost all of his family members on 15 August 1975.

In another case, six members of militant groups were hanged after being sentenced to death for the killing two judges in suicide bomb attacks in Jhalkathi district in 2005. Since its establishment in 1971 the Bangladeshi State has executed by hanging over 250 convicted criminals.

3. The country's Penal Code-1860 has several provisions that allow for capital punishment: Section 121: waging war against Bangladesh; Section 132: abetment of mutiny, if mutiny is committed; Section 194: giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence; Section 302: murder; Section 305: abetment of suicide of child or insane person; Section 307: attempted murder by life-convicts; and Section 396: robbery with murder.

4. There are several other laws in Bangladesh that also provide for the death penalty. The draconian Special Powers Act-1974, provides the death penalty for the offences of sabotage under Section 15, counterfeiting currency notes and Government stamps under Section 25A, smuggling under 25B, and adulteration of, or sale of adulterated food, drink, drugs or cosmetics under Section 25C.

It is evident from the above that the death penalty is awarded for crimes that do not meet Bangladesh's obligations under the ICCPR's Article 6(2) to ensure that death sentences "may be imposed only for the most serious crimes."

5. The Nari o' Shishu Nirjaton Daman Ain-2000 [Women and Children Repression (Prevention) Act-2000] further provides for the death penalty to be awarded as punishment for offences or attacks committed using corrosive, combustible or poisonous substances that cause burns or physical damage leading to the death of the victim, under Section 4; for trafficking of women and children, as per Sections 5 and 6 respectively; for ransom, according to Section 8; for sexual assaults resulting in the death of any woman or child who dies consequently, as per Section 9(2); causing death for dowry, in Section 11; and maiming or mutilation of children for begging, under Section 12. The Acid Crime Control Act-2002's Section 5 (KA) also includes the death penalty for acid attacks on women if the victim's eyes, ears, face, chest or sexual organs are fully or partially damaged.

6. The legislative authorities of Bangladesh argue that the death penalty is necessary for maintaining control over serious crimes in the country and to transmit a message to potential offenders that committing murder will ultimately incur the death penalty.

Pro-death penalty advocates in the country claim that the death penalty helps the nation to establish peace and justice in its society as part of upholding the rule of law. This alleged deterrent is shown to not be working effectively, as incidents of serious crimes rise each year. For example, according to the statistic contained in the website of the Bangladesh Police, there were 3592 murders during 2005 and 4219 murders in 2009.

7. The ALRC opposes the death penalty under all circumstances as a cruel practice that is shown to be an ineffective deterrent and open to serious abuse. No legal system in the world functions well enough to guarantee that errors in awarding the death penalty can be totally avoided, and in countries with deeply flawed criminal justice systems such as Bangladesh and most others in the Asian region, the use of the death penalty gives rise to serious travesties of justice and arbitrary, unjust and irrevocable violations for the right to life.

8. Bangladesh's criminal justice system has manifold problems:

a. There is an absence of fairness and transparency in its complaint mechanism. The police arbitrarily control the complaint mechanisms, which are subverted by political interference and a chain of command dominated by corruption from the bottom to the top, resulting in abuses of power and injustices in determining who will be charged and for what crime.

The fabrication of cases by the police officers for the purpose of extorting money from targeted persons and/or in order to set the real offender free is a common practice. The police deliberately distort facts related to crimes at the time of recording of complaints, which obstructs the already limited avenues available to the victims seeking justice and redress.

b. Criminal investigations are conducted by the police using primitive methods without acceptable levels of professionalism and efficiency. As a corrupt and political subservient entity, the police force is mostly used as hired gunmen of the ruling political and other authorities and elites.

c. The prosecutorial system is politicised, inefficient, disposable by nature, and incapable of assisting the judiciary to establish justice at the end of the trial. Every political party recruits their own activists cum lawyers as prosecutors, based on their loyalty to the ruling authorities rather than their knowledge of the law, jurisprudence and commitment to the rule of law.

d. The judiciary does not enjoy independence as far as the administration of justice is concerned in terms of logistics, manpower, integrity and the adjudication of the cases. Besides, there is a serious lack of judicial competence and commitment to upholding the rule of law among many judicial officers.

e. The country's medico-legal system remains archaic and far off internationally acceptable standards and modern methods required to effectively assist the judicial process in determining rights or wrongs and forensic evidence accurately.

f. The legal profession is degraded and consists mainly of persons hunting cases to make the maximum money for their professional practices, rather than to assist the judicial procedures to ensure justice to both victims and the defendants in trials in the country's courts.

g. The State's entrenched system designed to protect the perpetrators of gross human rights abuses through and extensive culture of impunity, creates serious grievances and a loss of faith in the justice institutions for victims of, for example, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, custodial torture, extra-judicial killings and disappearances, as well as for their and the wider public who also live in a climate of fear.

h. The absence of interpersonal respect for each other and adequate cooperation among professionals, including the police that register the complaint, investigators, prosecutors, lawyers, medico-legal experts and supporting staff of the judiciary seriously hamper the effective and timely conduct of trials and administration of justice.

i. Inadequate remuneration and facilities for relevant professional experts as well as their supporting staff, poor infrastructure for maintaining material evidence, and the failure to recruit persons with the required educational, moral and ethical background, or to provide adequate training contributes to the further deterioration of the criminal justice system.

9. The reality regarding the criminal justice system must be understood to evaluate how dangerous the use of the death penalty can be in Bangladesh. Realistic policies followed by prompt actions must be in place in order to reduce the recurrence of crimes that are currently punished by the death penalty instead of continuing with this failed deterrent.

10. Bangladesh's constitution's Article 35 (5) prohibits "torture, cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment or treatment". There can hardly be any debate that the death penalty does not amount to cruel punishment, which is prohibited in the country's supreme law. In fact, such cruel punishment comprises a violation of the Constitution by undermining the natural dignity of human beings.

11. The Asian Legal Resource Centre urges the government of Bangladesh to abolish the death penalty immediately and to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, and bring its domestic legislation and practices in line with obligations under this instrument. The Bangladeshi authorities should immediately initiate thorough reforms of the country's criminal justice system, in order to establish the rule of law and the enjoyment of rights, justice and peace in its society.




Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Barnali Rape, Murder in Bagerhat

Two to die, 4 get life

Staff Correspondent, Khulna

Khulna Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced two people to death and four others to life imprisonment for killing a college girl after rape in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district in 2007.

Those awarded death penalty are Kamal Hossain and Moktar Hossain Mukta. The lifers are Hasan Sheikh, Mahbub Hossain, Nazmul Hossain and Nahid Sheikh. They all hail from Chitra village under Rampal upazila.

The tribunal also fined the lifers Tk 10,000 each, in default they are to suffer another year in jail. Judge Md Sikander Ali delivered the verdict in the case at 5:30 pm. He acquitted six other accused, as charges brought against them could not be proved.

According to the prosecution, Barnali Ghosh, an honours student of Khulna Government Azam Khan Commerce College, was abducted from her house at Chitra village under Rampal upazila on the night of June 30, 2007.

The abductors took the college girl to a shop at the village, stuffed a piece of cloth into her mouth and raped her. Later, the gang took the unconscious girl to an orchard owned by Jalil Munshi of the village at the instruction of Chitra Union Parishad Chairman Jamil Hossain Jamu and killed her by pouring acid on her body.

Barnali's father Bipul Ghosh filed a general diary with Rampal Police Station on July 3 the same year stating that his daughter went missing.

On July 11, police recovered Barnali's body from the orchard. On the following day, Bipul Ghosh filed a case with the police station, accusing Moktar Hossain and Kamal Hossain of killing his daughter.

Immediately after filing of the case, police arrested Moktar. He made confessional statement before to court under Section 164 and disclosed the names of other gang members.

Two separate cases were later recorded with Rampal Police Station in connection with gang-rape and murder of the college girl naming 13 people as accused.

The accused in the cases were Raju, Munmun, UP Chairman Jamir Hossain Jamu, Moktar Hossain Mukta, Kamal, Wazed, Nahid, Mahbub, Liton, Hasan, Akbar Hossain, Monoj and Nazmul.

The cases were transferred to Khulna Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal in November last year from Bagerhat court. Inspector Tofazzal Hossain of the Detective Branch of Bagerhat district police submitted a charge sheet to the court on February 18, 2008.

Statements of 22 out of 36 prosecution witnesses of the case filed for acid attack and statements of 19 of the 36 prosecution witnesses of the case filed under Women Repression Act were recorded by the court during trial.

The court could not try UP Chairman Jamir Hossain Jamu, one of the 13 charge-sheeted accused, as the High Court stayed trial proceedings against him.



Two men condemned in separate cases were hanged to death in Sylhet jail one minute past Wednesday midnight.

Sabul Mia, 30, of Rengdaudpur village in Surma upazila was sentenced to death for killing his neighbour in dispute over land ten years ago.

Alam Uddin Swapan, 40, of Muktadia village in Bianibazaar upazila was awarded death penalty in absentia for murder of his young wife for dowry about ten years ago. Fugitive, he was arrested in 2007 and thrown into the condemned cell.

UNB Bianibazaar correspondent said Alam told his two brothers during the last meeting in Sylhet jail on Tuesday that his father Sad Uddin should not touch his body. For, co-accused in the case Sad Uddin had turned hostile and deposed against his Alam leading to his conviction. "This is my last wish," Alam was quoted by one of his brothers as saying at the condemned cell.

The High Court Division and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of Sabul and Alam awarded by the lower court. The President rejected their petitions for clemency.

Sylhet Jailor Nesar Mukul told UNB that the execution of Sabul and Alam in Sylhet jail came after long 70 years. Karimunnessa of Kulaura was last hanged to death in Sylhet jail in 1940 for killing her husband.

Sabul and Alam were hanged to death by well experienced executioner (Jallad) Shahjahan Bhuiyan who was earlier brought from Kashimpur Jail in Dhaka. He hails from Narsingdi.

The Jailer, Deputy Commissioner Abu Syed Mohammad Hashim, Police Super Shakhawat Hossain and Civil Surgeon Dr Fayez Ahmed were present at the time of execution. Dr Fayez confirmed the death of Sabul and Alam who were brought to the gallows one after another after the zero hour. Their head and eyes were covered by long black cap.

Source - The New Nation 09/16


Last Updated: 11 January, 2011

1975 Dhaka killings: Government may appeal against accused

Submitted by Saurav Shukla on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 15:27

Dhaka, Jan 11 : The Bangladesh Supreme Court Tuesday allowed the government to appeal against the acquittal of those accused of gunning down four top leaders of the freedom movement in Dhaka Central Jail in 1975.

A three-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice A. B. M. Khairul Haque passed the order after granting the leave-to-appeal petition filed by the government against a high court verdict.

The high court had in a 2008 verdict acquitted six former army personnel charged with killing Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, A. H. M. Qamaruzzaman, and Captain Mansur Ali Nov 3, 1975.

Nazrul Islam was the acting president and Tajuddin, the prime minister in the provisional government of independent Bangladesh that was formed in April 1971.

Mansur Ali was the country's prime minister when founding leader and president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed August 15, 1975, along with most of his family members in a military-led putsch.

The four leaders were jailed ten days later, where they were gunned down during yet another putsch that took place Nov 3, 1975.

On Oct 20, 2004, a Dhaka court sentenced three persons to death, awarded life imprisonment to 12 others and acquitted five in the case. Of the six army personnel acquitted by the high court, two had been facing death penalty and four others life imprisonment following the court verdict.

The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought a review of the high court verdict to bring to book the six acquitted army men: Lt. Col. (dismissed) Syed Farooq-ur Rahman, Lt. Col. (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Maj. (retd) A. K. M. Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major (retd) Bazlul Huda, Dafadar (dismissed) Marfat Ali Shah, and Dafadar (dismissed) Abdul Hashem Mridha.

Farooq, Shahriar, Mohiuddin, and Bazlul were executed Jan 27 last year following their conviction and death sentence by the apex court in the Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case while Marfat Ali and Abdul Hashem are on the run, the Daily Star reported.








Executed 1971 veteran's fate was fixed ahead of trial: Journo

Updated on Friday, February 04, 2011, 15:47


Dhaka: A leading US journalist, who had extensively covered Bangladesh's coups in the 1970s, has told the High Court here that the fate of an executed 1971 Liberation War veteran had been decided by former president Zia-ur-Rahman ahead of his trial in a military court in 1976.

"I believe... that the verdict was pre-determined before the (military) Tribunal convened," said Pulitzer Prize winner US journalist Lawrence Lifschultz in a written statement to the High Court.

Lifschultz, who was the Bangladesh correspondent and subsequently the New Delhi-based South Asia correspondent of Far Eastern Economic Review in 1970s, attributed the decision of colonel Abu Taher's hanging to the then strongman General Ziaur Rahman, who eventually became the country's president.

Bangladesh witnessed a series of coups and counter coups since the August 15, 1975 assassination of the country's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

After one such coup, Taher had sided with Gen Zia along with some Army soldiers and rescued him from captivity.

But Rahman, the founder of now main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is thought to have believed that left-leaning Taher would eventually appear as an obstacle for his political ambition.

The US journalist's comments came during a hearing on a writ filed by Taher's family and political colleagues challenging the military law and regulations under which the military tribunal had been formed.

"There are ample grounds to overturn Taher's so-called conviction and to vacate the verdict. Taher's execution ought to be called not only a miscarriage of just but a crime committed by the state," read the affidavit statement placed before the court through Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry.

Taher, a Liberation War time sector commander who subsequently appeared as a left-leaning leader on retirement from Army, was the first Bangladeshi to walk to the gallows in independent Bangladesh as he was hanged immediately after a controversial trial along with 16 others, mostly belonging to the left-leaning Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, on treason charges.

Several of the accused were handed down death penalty but none was hanged eventually, other than Taher when Army general turned politician Ziaur Rahman was in power as the then chief martial law administrator.

Lifschultz, who was personally familiar with Taher and covered his in-camera trial from outside the court, said the then Army chief of general staff, Major General Abul Manzur and two other senior Army officers had told him ahead of the trial that Rahman had already decided the fate of the 1971 veteran but they felt "powerless" to overturn the decision.

"He (Manjur) knew with absolute certainty that Zia (Ur Rahman) had decided to have Taher hanged before the so-called trial began," Lifschultz said in the statement.

Additional Attorney General MK Rahman read out the statement before the bench of judges AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain yesterday.

"I was not granted an interview by Zia. This was not surprising. The General had other plans and they did not include being asked troubling questions," said Lifschultz, who also called the military tribunal a 'kangaroo court'.

The military court tried and punished Taher and 16 others on July 17, 1976 and the colonel who had lost a leg in the Liberation War was executed on July 21, within four days of the verdict in defiance of the jail code that suggests that at least 21 days elapse before death penalty is executed.

"The press was shackled so that public anger at the injustice being carried out in camera would be contained. Journalists were threatened and deported. Imagine the public response, if Taher's closing speech before the Tribunal had been published the day after he spoke?" asked Lifschultz, who was expelled from Bangladesh at the time.

Rahman later founded the BNP and remained Bangladesh's president until 1981, when he was killed in an abortive coup apparently led by General Abul Manjur, who too was killed reportedly by angry soldiers soon after the putsch.

The High Court had earlier asked the government to submit a report on the current status and whereabouts of a controversial military tribunal, which had handed down death penalty to Taher.

The tribunal's chief, brigadier Yusuf Haider, is dead but several former civil officials who were familiar with the situation, including one of the civilian members of the military court, have already appeared before the court in the previous weeks and said they just were helpless witnesses of the process.

Taher's sentence sparked a wide controversy as the then chief prosecutor ATM Afzal, who later became chief justice, said he himself was surprised by the tribunal verdict as there was no provision of death penalty in military act at that time for the charge Taher was facing.







March 23 2011 | Last updated 1 minute ago

Abu Taher's military trial deemed illegal

Bangladesh court says hero was murdered

# By Anisur Rahman, Correspondent

# Published: 00:00 March 23, 2011

Dhaka: The High Court yesterday set aside a controversial 1976 military court conviction of 1971 Liberation War veteran Colonel Abu Taher that sent him to the gallows, calling the sentence "cold-blooded murder".

"It was no trial at all... It was cold-blooded murder," a two-member High Court bench comprising judges A.H.M. Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Shaikh Mohammad Zakir Hussain said in a verdict after a protracted hearing on four identical writ petitions.

The verdict added: "Abu Taher will be treated as a great patriot."

The judgment accused former president Ziaur Rahman, an army general-turned-politician who founded the now main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), of executing Abu Taher by design and commented that "he [Rahman] would have faced murder charge had he been alive".

The court also asked the government to constitute a committee with reputed jurists, journalists and others to also investigate Rahman's role in the August 15, 1975, coup in which the country's founder, Shaikh Mujibur Rahman, was assassinated along with most of his family members.

The verdict came on the four writs filed by Abu Taher's family and political comrades in the left leaning Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) while the court heard nine leading lawyers or jurists and foreign and local witnesses alongside the state lawyers during the process. They challenged the military law and regulations under which the military tribunal had been formed in 1976. Abu Taher, a liberation war sector commander who subsequently appeared as a left leaning politician on retirement from the army, was the first to be sent to the gallows in independent Bangladesh.

Violation of jail code

The military court tried Abu Taher and handed the death penalty on July 17, 1976. The 1971 veteran, who had lost a leg in the Liberation War, was executed on July 21, only four days after the verdict, in defiance of the jail code that requires a period of at least 21 days for executing death penalties after the judgment.

Bangladesh witnessed a series of coups and counter-coups after August 15, 1975, and after one such putsch Abu Taher sided with Ziaur Rahman and rescued him from captivity. But Rahman is thought to have believed that Abu Taher would eventually be an obstacle to his political ambitions.






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June 01, 2011, 09:53:22 PM Last Edit: June 01, 2011, 09:55:30 PM by Granny B
Monju Begum, Bangladeshi Woman, Cuts Penis Off Of Man Who Tried To Rape Her

Bloody knife used to cut off rapist's penis.
First Posted: 05/31/11 02:25 PM ET Updated: 06/ 1/11 10:26 AM ET

A Bangladeshi woman is believed to have taken the law into her own hands -- literally -- and thwarted rape by severing her neighbor's penis as he attempted to assault her.

As the BBC is reporting, Monju Begum, 40, a married mother of three, claimed to have made the sensitive cut as she fought back after neighbor Mozammel Haq Mazi forced his way into her shanty and began to assault her while she was asleep. The incident took place Saturday in Mirzapur village, Jhalakathi, about 124 miles south of the nation's capital, Dhaka.

"As he tried to rape her, the lady cut his penis off with a knife," police chief Abul Khaer is quoted by the AFP as saying. "She then wrapped up the penis in a piece of polythene and brought it to the Jhalakathi police station as evidence of the crime." He went on to note, "It is quite an unusual incident. As far as I am aware, this is the first time that a woman has brought a severed penis to the police station as evidence."

Begum has filed a case alleging that Mazi -- a 40-year-old, married father of five -- had been harassing her for six months. Officials at a hospital in nearby Barisal say that, unlike the notorious U.S. case of John Wayne Bobbitt, it will not be possible to re-attach Mazi's organ. "We are treating him so that he can urinate normally without the penis," a hospital official is quoted by the BBC as saying. Police say Mazi is likely to be arrested as soon as his condition improves.

Dismissing Begum's allegations as a lover's quarrel gone awry, Mazi has professed his innocence. 'I am a double victim: first, she cut my penis and now police say they are going to arrest me for attempted rape," he is quoted as saying, and claims he and Begum had a 15-year-long relationship. Later, he told the BBC, "We were having an affair and recently she suggested that both of us can go and settle down in Dhaka. I refused and told her that I cannot leave my wife and children, so she took revenge on me."  :P ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy


Granny - the story itself was *gulp* disturbing enough..  But did you HAVE TO INCLUDE A PICTURE OF THE BLOODY KNIFE??????????  (Considering what it was USED FOR)...  I don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight..  Probably have nightmares all night..   ;)

:o :o :'( :'( :'( :'(

Granny B

Granny - the story itself was *gulp* disturbing enough..  But did you HAVE TO INCLUDE A PICTURE OF THE BLOODY KNIFE??????????  (Considering what it was USED FOR)...  I don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight..  Probably have nightmares all night..   ;)

:o :o :'( :'( :'( :'(

" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy

Elric of Melnibone

She told him NO, and he did not get the message till he started to scream "NO!!!!!!"

She did warn him and he did not believe her.  His loss. 

His new theme song is "Detachable Peni$" by king missle.
You can lead an ass to water and if you fight long and hard, you can make it drink.  But at the end of the day, after all the fighting, it is still an ass.

Banned from PTO 3 times so far for life.


Bangladesh jails 657 mutineers


Published: June 27, 2011

DHAKA: A Bangladesh military court jailed more than 650 border guards Monday for their role in a 2009 mutiny, bringing the total number of soldiers imprisoned for the unrest to nearly 3,000.

"In Bangladesh's history, this verdict is unprecedented, we have never had a case where this many people have been convicted at once," state prosecutor Shahnewaz Tipu said.

"A total of 667 guards of the 24th battalion were charged. One died during the trial and nine were acquitted. Among the 657 who were jailed, 108 guards got the highest prison term of seven years," Tipu told AFP.

At least 57 senior army officers were killed in the 33-hour uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in Dhaka went on a killing spree, later dumping the bodies in sewers and shallow graves.

The mutiny swiftly spread to BDR posts across the country, with thousands of guards taking up arms against their commanding officers in the worst military rebellion in Bangladesh's history.

Dozens of special courts, run by the military using a mix of martial and civil law, were set up to prosecute mutineers, with the first verdict convicting 29 soldiers being handed down in April 2010.

The courts, which do not allow defendants to have lawyers, can hand down maximum sentences of seven years in jail. There is no right of appeal.

The guards were brought to the Dhaka-based special court in 30 prison vans amid tight security, a police officer said, adding that the accused were all handcuffed and had their legs shackled.

The BDR has since changed its name to the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in an effort to distance itself from the mutiny.

Monday's hearing brought the total number of incarcerated mutineers to nearly 3000, BGB spokesman Mohsin Reza told AFP.

Soldiers accused of more serious offences, including murder, looting and arson, are being tried separately in Bangladesh's civilian courts, and can face the death penalty if convicted.

Photo : Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers leave a special court at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka on June 27, 2011. (PHOTO: AFP)






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