Bangladesh on the brink
March 13th, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Bangladesh on the brink

By Toby M. Cadman, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Toby M. Cadman is a London based international barrister specializing in war crimes, international terrorism, extradition and human rights. He served as legal counsel to the chief prosecutor of the Bosnian war crimes chamber. The views expressed are his own.

Days of bloody riots in Dhaka are spreading throughout the country; scores are dead thousands injured. Bangladesh has a long history of civil unrest but the current situation is approaching historic proportions. In the past, unrest has led to military coup. Six months ago, another coup was unthinkable; now it is a possibility increasingly being discussed.

Yet while some have compared the protests to the Arab spring, nothing could be further from the truth. In Cairo, people ousted a dictator and demanded democratic reform. In Dhaka, the demonstrations are comprised of two camps: the larger is made up of those seeking immediate execution of people convicted of war crimes related to the 1971 war of independence; the other is made up of those who believe the war crimes tribunals are show trials allowing the government to eliminate the leaders of a critical political party that threatens to shift the balance of power in upcoming elections.

I am a member of the defense team, but was expelled from the country for complaining about the lack of due process. I am not a politician. I support no political party in Bangladesh. But I do support the rule of international law and believe that the ongoing defilement of that rule not only threatens the lives of presumed innocent defendants, it also is placing the country on the brink of chaos.

The 1971 war pitted the two Pakistans against each other. The East and West Pakistan concept created in 1947 by the British during their departure from the subcontinent resulted in an unworkable bifurcated “nation” separated by more than 1,000 miles, with two distinct languages and cultures. The concept was to split the subcontinent by religion: India is primarily Hindu, the Pakistans Muslim. But the Pakistans shared little beyond Islam revolution was inevitable.  The war was bloody, with as many as 3 million people killed in East Pakistan, according to the Bangladeshi side, thousands raped and unknown numbers tortured. As part of the India-brokered treaty, Bangladesh became an independent state and the Pakistan military received effective amnesty. Bangladeshi collaborators received no amnesty.

The Awami League-led government created the War Crimes Tribunal in 2010, basing it loosely on tribunals like Nuremberg. The government rejected suggestions from the international community of the necessity for transparency, strict adherence to legal precedent and involvement of unbiased outsiders. The government wrote its own rules. Charges were brought against 11 suspects out of an estimated total of 1,600. Each defendant held leadership roles in the opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami. In the history of Bangladesh, elected governments have rotated between Awami and BNP led coalitions. Historically, each time BNP held power, its majority relied on a Jamaat coalition seat. Without Jamaat’s votes, BNP is unlikely to regain power.

Early procedural actions by the War Crimes Tribunal raised concerns among bodies including the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Foreign lawyers, including myself, were prohibited from participating on the defense team, prosecutors were given great latitude and defense lawyers limited in the ability to cross-examine and present evidence.

Last year, a series of tapes and emails surfaced that seemed to suggest collusion between the chief judge of the tribunal, the prosecutors, outside pro-government consultants and indications of direct instructions from the cabinet for quick convictions and death sentences.

The evidence seemed to confirm the international community’s concerns and led to the resignation of the judge. But his replacement stuck to the original playbook and the convictions are now coming down.

Demonstrations followed the first conviction, with pro-government mobs demanding the tribunal forego appeals and move straight to the gallows. A second conviction with a life imprisonment sentence amped up the mobs and demonstrations turned to riots. But with the recent conviction of Jamaat leader Maulana Delwar Hossain Sayedee, the country is exploding. And, while there are indications the police took a policy of turning a blind eye toward pro-government rioters, they now seem to have lost control.

As someone who prosecuted war crimes in Bosnia, I understand the need for justice. However, I do not believe that there can be justice under the current tribunal, which is at best suspect, at worst a tool of a government looking to execute politicians for electoral gain.

What is required now is immediate and effective action to ensure that the trials of the accused before the tribunal are suspended pending an independent, international investigation into the serious allegations of gross misconduct against members of the tribunal including judges and prosecutors, as well as senior members of the Bangladeshi Government and undeclared third parties.

It is unclear what steps, punitive or otherwise, the U.N. Human Rights Council will take in Geneva over the coming weeks.  It will also be deliberating on Syria, Burma, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.  Arguably, two weeks ago, Bangladesh paled in comparison to these, but the events of the past several days paints an entirely different picture.

Bangladesh is descending into sectarian conflict every bit as serious as its competitors for attention, and has now matured into a fully-grown problem for the United Nations. Failure to find a resolution could see the country descend into civil war.

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  1. JIKBAL

    Quoting Mr. Cadman himself: "I was a member of the defense team until I was expelled from the country for complaining about the lack of due process." Surely an expensive lawyer like Mr. Cadman isn't spending his billable hours writing about Bangladesh out of the goodness of his hear.

    Given he has been paid large sums by the defendants, this article should be taken as nothing but the ramblings of a paid spokes-person, and not an officer of the court concerned about due process.

    March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • probirbidhan

      I totally agree with you Mr JIKBAL. Cadman is still an advisor of the defence team, and Jamaat party being an aide of Chowdhury Moeen Uddin, an identified war criminal who was involved in the mass killing of intellectuals in December 1971 as an Al-Badr commander.

      March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Reply
      • rafiq

        yes you are right. Why present govt of Bangladesh doing injustice for its own religious people.....I think it is done by indian Raw..............

        March 14, 2013 at 3:34 am |
      • Dr Khan

        Mr Cadman was never and is never a membet of the defence team. Yes he intended to join the defece team but he was locked up in Dhaka Airport for more than 24 hours and later deported to UK. He is the authority of International Terrorism and the so called International Terrorism Tribunal of the current govt denied him an entry. What a mockery and circus in the name of INTERNATIONAL tribunal and JUSTICE, a second example of which can hardly be traced in human histroy.

        Were they afraid of him???????? the answer is BIG YES....and many more........

        Thank you Mr Cadman

        March 14, 2013 at 4:34 am |
      • j. von hettlingen

        In fact the antagonism between the main parties – the Awami League and the Jamaat-e-Islami, an ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – reflects personal animosity between leaders rather than substantial ideological differences. Politics in this country has long been dominated by the bitter rivalry between the two women: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed and her rival Khaleda Zia, who was the country's first female prime minister in 1991 till 1996.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:46 am |
      • content soul

        I am in total agreement with Mr. Cadman's analytical writing. The current BD government is showing back to all international standard and rulings – may it be in human rights, judicial proceedings, torturing opposition party activists and etc. The PM is running the country as if she is the queen and it's a kingdom. She has no real love for the country and it's inhibitants. She just wants to punish all since her father and some other family members were killed in this country. She does not care how country's economy can be shattered and how it's people can suffer with her meaningless, selfish, autocratic decisions she is making at each and every level. Her appointed ministers are competing in championing in corruption and they are all still in good shape whereas country is deprived of foreign remittance, Padma bridge and etc.

        THANK YOU MR. CADMAN TO BE A BRAVE WRITER AGAINST ALL OF THESE CORRUPTION AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT FEW OF THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTERS WHO IS COMMENTING AGAINST YOU. THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED AND WHOLE OF BANGLADESH IS WITH YOU.

        March 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Dishari Rahman

      WOW, Mr. JIKBAL!!

      So MR. Cadman can't write just because he advised the defense team! I don't know which planet you live in, is it the totalitarian view of Awami League (Former BAKSHAL) who can't tolerate opposing views? Tell me, which line of Mr. Cadman's article is not true? If you can prove that this so-called International Crime Tribunal (ICT) is not a Kangaroo Court then I will shut my mouth and will follow your lead.

      March 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
      • Dr Khan

        Mr JIKBAL is living in a planet where Mr Cadman is scared to practice his 'Legal Profession' and the name of the planet is 'Jungle Land' ruled by 'legal stalwart' His Excellency 'Imran', a Bar – at LAW' from the world's top ranking 'University of Jungland' who gives the verdict of the century known as hangmaster with the key words 'hang..hang....hang...hang....slaughter....slaughter....slaughter' hang and nothing but the hang.... again hang and nothing but the hang..... Doesn't it befitting the rule of the Free republic of 'Jungle Land'

        Thank you Mr Cadman

        Dr Khan, Australia

        March 14, 2013 at 4:47 am |
    • Asif

      It doesn't matter whether he is paid by the defense side or not. The important point what he is saying is right or wrong?
      If the tribunal process is not up to the mark for ensuring justice, then we have to listen even to the accused and their lawyear what they feel about that.

      March 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
      • Mrityonjoy71

        He is not right. He failed to mention any specific flaw of the tribunal rather than superficial accusation. Just for the sake of opposing you can say it is flawed but give some specific point. On the other hand prosecution witnesses and their family member are being killed. Did any of the shahbag protester attack anybody physically? On the other hand Jamaat started violence all over the country. He also lied about him being expelled from BD. He was sent back because he hid information regarding his past visits to BD and also provided wrong information during his entry last time. So, writing one sided story with favorable twists doesn't make it right!

        March 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • rafiq

      Its very clear that current autocratic government using all means and tools to eliminate opposition leaders and workers in Bangladesh. In this case Indian RAW is assisting present government to destroy Religious leader. We strongly hate all the activity of Indian RAW.

      March 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
      • বিক্ষিপ্ত ক্ষিতীশ

        Wow, seems like you know about RAW's secret missions very "clearly". May I know the source of your information?

        March 13, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
      • Dr Khan

        Indian RAW has infiltrated into the blood stream of BAL and BAM with its branch long ago opened on a floor of the DGIF and RAW's invisible wing is almost in all major cities in BD. They are hyperactive in almost all branches of Bangladesh administration from the security, trade, espionage, local politics to cultural field orchestrating Army Officer's killing to every instablity in BD. Hasina's BAL shall have to answer this to the nation. It is beyond imagination that most of the godfathers behind the Shahbagi Drama are Hindus and their names are published in Naya Digonto yesterday.

        Truely sad....sad...sad...sad.. Awami League dismembering and destroying a nation that belongs to them as well. Their hunger for power, money and wealth knows no bound and the nation pay it dearly. Indeed sad...sad...sad..sad

        In the end, Bangladeshi in gneral will be the BIGGEST LOSER and our great (?????) Neighbour will be the BIGGEST WINNER.. 'Polashi Tragedy' again being unfolded in the 20th Century.. Poor Muslim Leaders.. You are the biggest STUPID and the biggest IDIOT on earth and proved it so time and again. You dont learn nor do you have the passion for learning your own history, your own culture and your own religion. All you need is to feel your STOMACH from the day one you become a leader until the day you are pushed down into the GRAVEYARD, your eternal place of inferno where you to be burnt, burnt, burnt, burnt... for infinity.

        March 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Dr Khan

      Mr Cadman is an expert on 'International Terrorism' and such a man of authority and reference came to Dhaka and instead of welcome he was locked up for nearly 24 hours at the airport and eventually denied an entry visa. They call it International Tribunal but someone widely recognized internationally as expert was expelled..how horrendous it is!!!!!!!! It is unheard of, unbeleiveable, pathetic, bizzare and apalling indeed. Not just Mr Cadman alone, 'legal expert' from other international body categorically indicated this so-called International Tribunal does not have an iota of characteristic that can be called INTERNATIONAL. If so, why they use the very word, 'International', they thought they will be able to Hang, the only objective to achieve, and tell the world hey look a INTERNATIONAL tribunal has found him guilty beyond all reasonable doubt and it is nothing to do with ruling Banagladesh Awami Leagure. They thought people shall buy the cooked up story under a brand name INTERNATIONAL. Indeed they are shrewd, wicked and mischevous. The tribunal, from the very beginning, was unambiguously questioned for its lack of integrity, cohesiveness, clarity and impertiality not by the local defence team but by all legal expert worldwide.

      What Mr Cadman can do other than criticizing this cangaroo court where the very tribunal is partial, judge is politically aligned, partial and corrupted, prosecution partial, politically aligned, and corrupted and verdict delivered without any witness being present physically in the court. The worst of all, key witness on behalf of Allama Saidee was kidnapped and disappeared. Every body suspect the dreaded security apparatus of the brutal regime has murdered him to wipe out the witness once and for all. Nobody knows his whereabouts till today. This is the common pattern of this tribunal called by the international body as JUDICIAL KILLING.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:25 am | Reply
      • Zafar

        Mr Khan (not Dr Khan) you seem to know a lot about your neighbor than your own country and its history!

        When some muslims brothers are killed the world runs for sympathy, and this killings now and during our indepdence in which so many hindus were butchered means nothing? It was infact India we got freedom else we will eb a outlet of Pakistan indirectly china and West and would be a toilet paper just like today pakistan is... Atleast Indians are not Chinese or pakistanis and they live like neighbours and we dont live in threat like so many counteries with China or pakistan... we dont have to eye ball India.. we should be greatful and live in peace after all we are Banga..
        Now coming back to the point, why bring everything BS here... accept you are laughing when minority is buthered and killed in this Hindus and Tamils in SLanka... its a fact no body in media or world or human rights are concenred when they die, when some muslims are killed its genocide

        March 15, 2013 at 4:57 am |
    • Gemini

      There's nothing wrong with supporting the Awami League government, but please don't be blind. Which line of the article is wrong? In fact, Toby Cadman did not even mention that 70 people were killed in just one day when Police opened fire on the anti-government protest. The pro-government Shahbagi mob's demand of hanging opposition political leaders *without* any trial does not even fall under the definition of fascism, does it?

      March 14, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
    • Shahriar Imtiaz

      Isn't it important to find out whatever Mr. Cadman is saying true or false rather than he is paid or not ?
      Whatever Mr. Cadman is saying is right and it is also the voice of people of Bangladesh.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • jibon

      leveling him a paid writer is by sly attempt to undermine the powerful content of his article, it can hardly justify your defence for government brutality

      March 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • atisha

      You are right. He is just angry that the government denied him entry. He has absolutely no idea about what kind of terrorist organization jamaat islami is and what is al badr and what is Rajakaar. He is just an angry westerner. Probably just a sad little white boy. He has no idea that if you ask a random child on the street to describe Golam Azam in one word then that would be "Rajakaar" Thats how millions of parents in Bangladesh brought up their kids. Did all those parents lie to their kids? NO. I dont care if its through kangaroo tribunal or even if we have to murder these terrorist leaders, I just want to see them dead before they have the chance to turn Bangladesh into Afganistan. We need our country to be free of Islamic Terrorists.. Kill 'em all

      March 14, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Nasim Islam

      So what if he is paid handsomely? If the defendant can afford to pay, what is the problem of having an expensive lawyer? You call this process rambling, I call this to be respected as an international norm!!

      March 15, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • Shibly S A

      He is a lawyer. Isn't it normal that he is paid? The question is, how do you know if he was paid large or small sums?

      However, payment is irrelevant if what he says is logical and factual. Literate people are looking at the information he provided here . If you want to establish any point against him, you’d better counter argue with better logic and information. This kind of personal attack is of no use at all.

      March 15, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • Maroof

      "Due process" means nothing to Sheikh Hasina and her Shahbag goons. If you are so vexed by Toby Cadman's article, try reading David Bergman's post. He is one of the 1st foreign activists who exposed the war criminals hiding in Britain, and even he expressed grave concerns about the proceedings of the tribunal.

      March 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  2. Imran Ahmed

    Excellent synopsis. I am an American visiting Bangladesh and have been eye witness to events on the ground. I too have come to the same conclusion as the author.

    March 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Dr Khan

      I absolutely agree with it. We do not leave in Bangladesh, most of the news we get from international sourcees and it can be certainly reliable. Hardly any local media can be trusted as they are highly politiclly charged and jaundiced where they can readily manufacture lies and malice with immediate cash and kind. Though not new, the current govt has the high distinction of making corruption as culture and way of life.

      This is nothing but a farce, a circus and premeditated tribunal where hanging the accused is the PRIME & SOLE OBJECTIVE using the so-called tribunal as 'Staging Platform'.

      Thank you Mr Cadman
      Dr Khan, Australia

      March 14, 2013 at 3:43 am | Reply
  3. JIKBAL

    Correction to my previous post: Surely an expensive lawyer like Mr. Cadman isn't spending his billable hours writing about Bangladesh out of the goodness of his heart.

    And while looking into this, I discovered something interesting: "CNN's Jason Miks" is not with CNN.I think we have another Sunita Paul in the making

    March 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Hing Ting Chot

      This kind of comments are not very intelligent one. One can easily question you with your own bite. Are you paid by someone to oppose Toby Cadman? So, alleging someone that he or she is paid is not acceptable. I think, what we should see is whether Toby is right here or not.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:09 am | Reply
    • Shahriar Imtiaz

      Isn't it important to find out whatever Mr. Cadman is saying true or false rather than he is paid or not ?
      Whatever Mr. Cadman is saying is right and it is also the voice of people of Bangladesh.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  4. TSM

    War criminals should be given the highest punishment the law of the land allows – justice should be served swiftly. However, Bangladeshi Islamists who destroyed Buddhist temples and massacred Buddhists in Bangladesh should also be given death penalty - justice should be served swiftly.

    March 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Moby

      Yes, lets kill everybody. Swift justice.

      March 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • Asif

      The buddhist temple was not massacred by Jamat men. It has nothing to do with this trial process. There is no doubt if someone found guilty , he should be punished. But the process to found anyone guilty should be accurate. This sis funny the present government is using a tribunal which itself is questionable to solve another questionable event. This is indeed a misnomer

      March 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  5. Dr KV Ranjit

    The current unrest and attacks esp on minorities under cover of agitations by fundamentalists who are indulging in terrorism only which too will be BOOMERANGING upon themselves as in Pakistan coupled with divine wrath for attacks on mainly Hindu Temples as also churches and mosques

    March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      Minorities are pawn of Awami League to shift the world attention of their recent crime of Genocide. These genocide was on Opposition political parties by the Police/RAB. But in the night their partymen destroyed some temple and destroyed the houses of Hindu community to implicate Islamic people. It is no wonder the Mr. Ranjit and Awami cohorts will sing in the same tune.

      March 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
      • Maruf

        And no wonder you and Jamat sing in the same tune. 🙂

        March 15, 2013 at 4:12 am |
    • Dr Khan

      Sadly so minorities are targeted by minority's best friend named BAL and again sadly corroboroted by Minority's leader, such as RK Datta's party, Indian Embassy and Indian Daily.

      Are you satisfied Sir/

      March 14, 2013 at 4:54 am | Reply
  6. Adrnio

    What the editorial note forgets to mention is that Toby Cadman is a lawyer hired by Jamaat-e-Islami war criminals. All he sings is music.

    March 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      The genocide of hundreds of people by Awami League, 10,000 injured opposition, 30,000 opposition politicans detention – all these are Mr. Cadman's music? Selucas!

      March 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
      • Mrityonjoy71

        SO you are against the trial of the war criminal who killed 3 Million but this is a 'genocide' to you! No one is justifying killing of innocent people. But don't just call anything genocide like your madam. Don't dare to disrespect 3 Million martyrs!

        March 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • Dr Khan

      All are innocent until proven guilty - this is the universal ethics in the court of LAW. I cannot say Adrnio CRIMINAL even I suspect Adrnio is a CRIMINAL. You already mentioned Jaamat Islami CRIMINAL and it a severe crime in any law in any civilized country and society obviously of course except BD. It indicates the levels of insanity and barbarism that Mr Cadman meticously illustrated in his article.

      I would mind your language if you happen to live in a civilized western country but you are exempted if you happen to live in the BD's Jungleleand.
      Dr Khan, Australia

      March 14, 2013 at 5:03 am | Reply
      • atisha

        It is very funny how you never forget to mention that you are a doctor and from Australia when posting a comment. Trying to Prove people that your words are just and right because you are from a first world country. Well, I am from Canada as well and from the way a lot of people are writing their english i can imagine that most of them are from 1st world countries. So dont get too over yourself Mr Australian Khan. And Sir, your first world nations ideology doesnt apply in case of Bangladesh. You seem to have forgotten that after living abroad for too long, Dr Sir. You seem to rely on ignorant international media rather than judging a situation of your own. CNN BBC AL JAZEERA will only show you what they want you to see. To make a news interesting to the public and to generate television views and website hits they will sometimes go against islamic terrorism and sometimes, like in this case, side with islamic terrorism. Open your eyes. Dont be a media puppet. My dad is a a journalist for Times magazine and if you google Saleem samad Times you will find out what Jamaat Islami did to him and our country while they held 16 parliamentary seats in our government body. If you rely on writings of these white people in international media and judge the situation in Bangladesh through their eyes then I would say you are nothing but a joke.

        March 14, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
      • Dr Khan

        I am sorry to agree with the notion that CNN, BBC & Al-Jazzera are misleading the information. Happy o hear that your father works as a Journalist with TIME Magazine. What about the opinion and comments of the TIME Magazine over the shoddy, sham and crooked Trubnal (which branded International?????). Being a son of a journalist, and I am certainly of your father's age, you need to be investigative, analytical, logical, thoughtful and retrospective on what what is going on in BD. You claim these international medias are biased and not partial. If it is so, which one could be identified as true voice and real mouth-piece to trust on, certainly not those of the jaundiced local dailies who are bought and sold as cheap as dead fish in the market.

        Secondly, please dont use the word 'Islamic Terrorism' linking your faith ( I belive you Muslim ??) with the word terrorism with Islam. There are terrorists in all religious denominations but we can't say Christian Terrorism, Hindu Terrorism. In fact, a recent studies by UK Think Tank, shows that number of muslims involved in terorism related incidents are far less than those belong to other faith. Please do more desk study and surely you will find answers.

        At least 2 persons proudly pointed me as "Rajakar" using the Shabagi style 'TOI RAJAKAR'. Dear all, for your kind information, I was a student of Kindy in Dhaka when the war ensued in the then E. Pakistan. Having graduated from BD, I completed master's and Ph.D overseas and currently practicing Env. Engineering works in a foreign land as well for more than 20 years. How I can be touted as 'Toi Rajakar' just because I can't agree with Mr Atisha and many others. This is my fundemantal right and freedom to agree or disagree with Atisha and others. Sad it indicates the level of mental and moral decadence of the current youth.

        Having said that, I would suggest the youth please study and research more and more, equip yourself with knowledge and wisdom to get the bottom and root cause of a problem.

        Thanks for your invluable comments, Mr Atisha and others.

        March 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
    • Dr Khan

      Mr Adnio + Mritojoy

      3 million killed and 0.4 million rapped. This implies that on an average,47 people were killed in each of the 65,000 villages in BD and a whopping 57,142 women rapped every month or 1907 rapped every day during 7 month liberation war. As a matter of fact, there were many villages where not a single man reported to be killed and we have no records so far indicating at least one vilage out of 65,000 villages sustained a death casualty of 47 during whole period of liberation war.

      Till today no proof, no record, no investigation, no statistics are available to verify the claim of 3 million dead and 0.4 million rapped. It is a huge debate and thousands of scholars and intellectuals question this phantom figure. One of them is the Mr Joti Bosu's grand daughter in UK challenged this whopping figure and nobody could come forward with research data disproving her claim from the current BAL government. All they did was to abuse and accuse her of Pak's agent.

      Now the current BAL is accusing that Jamaat is involved in killing of this millions and the accusation comes out after 41 years of independence. The reason is very simple if one is with BAL absolutely he is 'Freedom Fighter' and against BAL, a confirmed 'War Criminal' and he must be hanged...hanged...hanged...hanged.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • atisha

        Tui rajakaar !! lol

        March 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
      • Jmail

        Tui razakar!

        March 15, 2013 at 5:20 am |
  7. Mr. World

    No offense but found it very hard to believe than Mr. Cadman is unbiased. The movement in Bangladesh is about the war crimes and more. Not sure how much research the author has done on Bangladesh and the people who are on trial. Even more disappointed with CNN’s coverage on the issue. I hope that western media and government don’t look at this moment 10 years from now and think only if we supported the unarmed people who are going through a peaceful protest.

    I feel disgusted when I read an article like the one above. Someone is trying to logically explain and put forward arguments for a group/leaders who is involved in terrorism, attacking minorities and killing innocent people. I am not a supporter of any political party in Bangladesh, but I am with the unarmed peaceful protestors in Bangladesh...

    March 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Raz

      Unarmed peaceful protesters, that are chanting HANG, HANG & BURN BURN; writing FASHI CHAI on their 8/10 year old children's cheeks, thus sowing more seeds of hatred. Very peaceful, aren't they?

      March 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • Maruf

        no, the attack on people was peaceful, burning buses and cars were peaceful, throwing bombs on roads were peaceful, attacking not only hindu people but other people also was peaceful, burning their houses were peaceful, wow

        March 14, 2013 at 1:40 am |
    • Dr Khan

      Yes Sir, they are indeed 'Unarmed' and I agree and also agree that they are sheltered and protected by the best armed Police Comando, Secret police and a highest level of govt patronage with supply of best feast and drinks daily for a revolution of a kind that never witnessed on earth in known human history. I agree as well that there were thousands of unarmed people who were shot at point blank by the dreaded govt security apparatus. Their crime is that they want justice. Is it clear to you Sir/

      March 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      • Maruf

        Why these people really need all those Govt. protection? Did it ever come into your mind Dr. Khan from Australia?

        March 15, 2013 at 4:06 am |
  8. Tauseef K

    There's a reason Mr.Cadman is such a high profile lawyer - his writings as of late come of as sincere, impartial and genuine. However, let's keep in mind, the gentleman is a paid defense lawyer by his own admittance. Rather ironic and contradictory commentary on what he believes to be partisian trial no? The people of Bangladesh have spoken - they have been denied justice for 40+ years - time to execute.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • atisha

      YESS !! Time to cut off the roots of Jamaat and kill their main leaders. For justice and for our country's future. Saving it from Islamic terrorism.

      March 15, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  9. Freddy Hoffman

    I am not a great reader of international politics. Only a month back I came to know about this Bangladesh situation from one of colleagues (in USA). After what I have learnt from him, I did a pretty good research on this on going procession and gathered, what I believe, a decent amount of knowledge. I wonder why CNN published such a blog which clearly shows conflict of interest? The blogger works for the party, who are allegedly responsible for a genocide and still committing atrocities all over that country. I wound not ask a single question the blogger, because I believe what he wrote, is just a sign of loyalty. Rather I would ask CNN, why? Don't you believe, you are biasing the view? Come on... don't be a propaganda machine. I don't expect such a low standard from CNN... SHAME!

    March 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Ashabadee

      Thank you for pointing out the editorial misjudgment of CNN in publishing a blog post of a person with so much conflict of interest about this story. Millions of Bangladeshis are appalled by this lack of editorial integrity by CNN. Thanks again from Millions of Bangladeshis yearning for justice regarding the war crimes for long 42 years.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      CNN did the absolute right thing. Bangladesh govt. is trying hard to hang the opposition political leaders under the guise of war crime trial. Those needs to be exposed by the world media, unlike Bangaldeshi yellow media. By the way, pelase try to read other international media: Guardian, Economist, Al Jazeer, BBC all have been reporting for months – how a show trial is going on. CNN is late in the game, but it is better late than never.

      March 13, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • Cayan Hasan

      Dear Hoffman, this is a sensitive issue. Mostly, people do not want to say anything about this. In Bangladesh, law and order situation is not congenial to say your opinion. On the other hand, most of our media are not accountable, after a long time, in many media, now a days they are saying that they were not responsible enough to cover the real feature of people verdict and their opinion. Please think also, opposition wanted a fair trial. what make the ruling party not to account that as a point!! What about the international standard? While questioning from international body, they said that this is a local trial!! But, still it is an ICT!! Please also consider Bangladesh is a population of 160 Million, a gathering of 10-20 Thousands must not represent the whole!! Thus, you may see the mass reaction and bloodshed.....

      March 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
    • Maruf

      people are still thinking opposition party BNP is looking for an unbiased trial by keeping Jamat in their own team!!

      March 14, 2013 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • Maruf

      Totally agreed with Freddy Hoffman, thanks for sharing your views on this

      March 14, 2013 at 1:49 am | Reply
    • Mahmud Rahman

      Right you are
      CNN should not publish such low standard report
      Toby Cadman is just a paid agent of Jamat-e-Islam.
      Nothing new from him

      March 14, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
      • Iman Mahmud

        British Foreign Ministry is paid agent of Jammat too?

        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-office-minister-condemns-recent-violence-in-bangladesh

        March 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Dr Khan

      Mr Hoffman, I would wonder if you could detail your sources of literature collection with citation of exact journals, daily or any other inventory and their dates to strengthen your claim. However, if it is the juicy, emotional and concocted story from a friend is in legal term called 'Hearsay' and they are normally not accepted a solid and valid proof.

      March 14, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • atisha

      You are absolutely right. Being an American news channel whose country has been attacked by islamic terrorists and has fought against islamic terrorist, they shouldnt have posted this blog. It is totally contradictory since the defending party is accused of carrying out many islamic terrorist attacks in Bangladesh for years now. Even a child in the streets of Bangladesh knows that and not CNN? Give me a break. They will write and post anything that will generate website or television views. If you side with a countries government then the news is not interesting enough. But it is always great drama and much more intense when you side with the people opposing the government. It is always great drama when you portray that police are killing innocent people on the street. But if they mentioned that those people were killed because the police were defending themselves from getting themselves killed then the news become normal and boring. Shame on CNN !!

      March 15, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
  10. Shakhawath

    "I was a member of the defense team until I was expelled from the country for complaining about the lack of due process." This line says the reason of predilection thinking of this author.
    And I never understand this western media specially the stand of US. They were supporting those criminals during 1971 liberation war when 3 million people were killed and now its seems like they are against that trial also. Its a shame for CNN to publish such biased article.

    March 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      The death in 1971 was caused by the war, where Pakistan Army, Freedom fighters, Indian Army was involved try them for all the killing. Why exepmting the real criminal and try the political leaders who didn't have any hand on these crimes. Just because you don't like them that's why we need to send them to gallows?

      March 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply
      • Shakhawath

        I am not really sure which country you are from and I have no idea what exactly you meant in your comment. Are you saying the freedom fighters are responsible for the killing of all the Bangladeshi people?? Can you also tell me who are the real criminals???

        The author here presented a huge number of misinformations. He said about riot but there wasn`t any riot. Jamaat violently atacked the Hindu minority people and burned down their houses. He talked about police`s attack on the pro-govt. demonstrator but he didn`t say why police took such actions. Jamaat and shibir killed 9 policemen and tried to kill 19 policemen by burning down a police station. He said that about ICT`s standard but didn`t mention any point. This is clearly a paid article by a party whose most of the top leaders are warcriminal. I sudest please stop supporting the warcriminal blindly and try to judge from a neutral point of view for once.

        March 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
      • Maruf

        wow you really know the history !! freedom fighters did all those dirty killing in 71!! bravo, which country are you from again Dishari ??

        March 14, 2013 at 1:55 am |
      • Tauseef K

        Dishari is likely a young cadre of the Jamaat who has been brainwashed through the madrassa system to white-wash history. The individuals may be political leaders today, but were active foot soldiers of the Pakistani genocide in yesteryear.

        March 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Dr Khan

      Why suddenly after 41 years, the so-called PAIN re-surfaced and imploded and particularly so right before the next election which is just around the corner???? Is it because Jamaat is not within BAL's coalition??? The answer is a BIG YES. With BAL's armpit, assured pathway of 'Freedom Fighter's Certificate' and against BAL's doctorine, is guranteed 'War Criminal' with killing tag of 3 million and rapping 0.4 million women. Are Bangladeshi so stupid monkeys in a fool's world in such a fast changing world that they will buy the cooked up story just like a baby born yesterday??????????????????????????????????????????????

      Come on guy, return to your sense.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:07 am | Reply
    • atisha

      He is just an angry little white boy who was denied his share of candy. Theres nothing more here

      March 15, 2013 at 12:17 am | Reply
      • Maruf

        totally agreed atisha 🙂

        March 15, 2013 at 4:22 am |
  11. alamgir

    A detailed background of Mr. Cadman. Clearly he's not telling facts.

    http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2012/12/03/toby-cadman-a-crusader-for-rights-or-devil%E2%80%99s-advocate/

    March 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      BDNews24! You could do better than that!!

      March 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
      • Projonmo

        What newspaper you would like to see?? "Amardesh"???

        March 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • Hawami League

      Awami spokesperson bdnews24 – yeah, sure!

      March 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
      • Projonmo

        are you saying except "amardesh" and "nayadiganto" all the daily newspaper and online papers are awami spokesperson???

        March 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • Dr Khan

      Is it so a celebreted Barrister with years of experience not telling the facts!!!!!! He must be shy then..Its weired, isn't it????

      March 14, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  12. Hossain Azam

    This article is written by someone who has "great" conflict of interest in this issue of war criminals in Bangladesh. He is highly paid by the known "war criminals" of Bangladesh. He failed to mention about the eruption of Bangladesh is due mainly to the atrocities of Jamaat leaders/members (the war criminals) to foil their execution. They tried to divert the justice by killing and burning houses of other religion so that International media get confused. This article is one of the example.

    He failed to mention how many people were brought to justice for the killings of 3 million people and 200 thousands of women in Bangladesh. None yet for last 42 years. For such a great massacre, none is brought to justice in Bangladesh!!! The responsibilities lie on Bangladeshis but also lie on people like "this writer" and international media who sided with the criminals. I am loosing faith on the media and its commitment to provide real news. Unfortunate CNN and Fareed Zakaria.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  13. Hasan Kazmee

    Since Toby Cadman was a member of the defense team, this article has a potential conflict of interest. What's your opinion Mr. Fareed Zakaria? Mr. Toby Cadman has intentionally omitted the fact that Golam Azam, Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed were war collaborators during 1971. Which International Law justifies that if some war criminals like them have formed a political party, they are bound to get indemnity? Even after 42 years since our liberation, the political party led by these war criminals are vandalizing, looting, raping and murdering religious minority groups in the name of Islam. Mr. Fareed, what's your stance on that? Shame, shame; publishing such report without a proper assessment of the situation in Bangladesh will rather promote militant Islamic terrorism.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • Raz

      Are you blind; the riots started after the police killed scores of people injuring some journalists in the process. It was shown on number of BD channels the police were firing live rounds at protesters who were NOT initially charging at them. The police drew first blood and the rest was retaliation. There was no killing until, the so called 'Gono Jagoron' (the mouth piece for the government) started chanting DEATH, DEATH & KILL KILL. Their wish has come true as now people are dying

      March 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
      • Maruf

        yes we are all blind if we believe you saying the riot started after police killing people, then we are definitely blind.

        March 14, 2013 at 2:00 am |
      • S S

        Raz,

        No matter how hard you try. Blind will be always be blind The police were clearly video taped in a number of leaked youtube videos of torturing, beating, kicking and killing people. But these blind AWL supporters will see this as Jamaat aggression and rioting. They just want to believe what they want to believe. Very sad reality,

        March 14, 2013 at 3:36 am |
      • atisha

        hahaha.. you are such a fool. Or maybe a Jamaat

        March 15, 2013 at 12:19 am |
      • mjiddique

        BD govt keeping the gun on court and police to kill strong opposition JI and win easily in next election. This WCT not complying local and int law but they determined to continue where is justice ! Where is humanity. Not only that they are killing innocent peoples, attacking minority. Int community shall come forward to send independent observer to follow all activities of IWCT under the supervision of UNO

        March 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  14. Naf

    I am not sure why since the trials are still going on why CNN did not question before publishing an article by the person who himself admits to have been a part of the defense team (and therefore has every reason to be biased one way or the other)?! Isn't this serious breach of justice ?
    Having said that there are gross misrepresentations in this write up and there's space to hold up only a few here.
    "The larger is made up of those seeking immediate execution of people convicted of war crimes related to the 1971 war of independence; the other is made up of those who believe the war crimes tribunals are show trials allowing the government to eliminate the leaders of a critical political party that threatens to shift the balance of power in upcoming election" Mr Cadman conveniently chose to ignore that the first group has been campaigning WITH NOT VIOLENCE for the past month and 'the other' has been causing lootage/arson/rampage accross the country,
    " A second conviction with a life imprisonment sentence amped up the mobs and demonstrations turned to riots. " Again no mention of WHICH parties are causing the riots, please investigate before you pass judgement and you will find that the pro-Trial demonstrations are STILL peaceful.
    " Failure to find a resolution could see the country descend into civil war.' I repeat the among two sects that you complain about, the pro-Trial sect is still largely peaceful, I cannot there agree with such a blatant prophecy with no real evidence.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  15. Naf

    I am not sure why since the trials are still going on why CNN did not question before publishing an article by the person who himself admits to have been a part of the defense team (and therefore has every reason to be biased one way or the other)?! Isn't this serious breach of justice ?
    Having said that there are gross misrepresentations in this write up and there's space to hold up only a few here.
    "The larger is made up of those seeking immediate execution of people convicted of war crimes related to the 1971 war of independence; the other is made up of those who believe the war crimes tribunals are show trials allowing the government to eliminate the leaders of a critical political party that threatens to shift the balance of power in upcoming election" Mr Cadman conveniently chose to ignore that the first group has been campaigning WITH NO VIOLENCE for the past month and 'the other' has been causing lootage/arson/rampage accross the country,
    " A second conviction with a life imprisonment sentence amped up the mobs and demonstrations turned to riots. " Again no mention of WHICH parties are causing the riots, please investigate before you pass judgement and you will find that the pro-Trial demonstrations are STILL peaceful.
    " Failure to find a resolution could see the country descend into civil war.' I repeat among the two sects that you complain about, the pro-Trial sect is still largely peaceful, I cannot there agree with such a blatant prophecy with no real evidence.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Raz

      with no violence, you say? they just like shouting BURN BURN & KILL KILL for fun?

      March 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
      • Maruf

        not really .. it would be fun for you if they would really kill the mass people on the streets and houses with bombing or firing buses and cars, killing people, looting shops, citing someone's faces on the moon to start the riot, etc. isn't it?

        March 14, 2013 at 2:05 am |
  16. Sajib

    If Mr. Cadman is enough courageous then he should first declare that Jamaat had paid him for writing this here on CNN. Also, I do not believe that an international broadcasting company like CNN does not have an honest reporter who can go to Bangladesh and write from there about the truth. Jamaat and BNP supporters are attacking the minorities Hindus in Bangladesh. 110 family house has been destroyed already. They did all these just because general people are seeking the righteous judgement about the war criminals who are holding the top positions of this Jamaat e Islami. CNN should not embarrass the world anymore by publishing these kinds of posts from a paid Barrister.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      If CNN sent a reported on the ground – he/she will find 10 times worse situation as Mr. Cadman worte. Awami League is a fascist party and using state machineries to silnce the opposition to make Bangladesh subservient to India. So no wonder Mr. Sajib will try to hide that facts.

      March 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
      • Projonmo

        Your words sound familiar. Isnt it the same thing you and your party said in 1971 and help the Pakistani army to kill 3 million Bangladeshi including our most intellectual people. This tribunal will bring justice for the killing of all the Bangladeshi in 1971, no matter how much you pay to a foreign lawyer to spread false propagandas.

        March 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
      • Cayan Hasan

        I am absolutely agree with Dishari!! I am a witness (Feb7-March10) of recent Bangladesh Massacre!! Things are even critical, mass killing happened in BD. Due to the Liberation War spirit fever, most of the media avoid this and tried their best to hide the real features. as a result, mass people outburst and death toll raised to near 200!!!!

        March 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
      • Maruf

        oh, Liberation war spirit is a fever now !!

        March 14, 2013 at 2:18 am |
    • hussain ahmed

      no you are giving the wrong information, (the Jamaat and BNP supporters are attacking the minorities Hindus in Bangladesh. 110 family house has been destroyed already. They did all these just because general people are seeking the righteous judgement about the war criminals who are holding the top positions of this Jamaat e Islami.) reality is the Hindus are going to the police station and complaning against ruling party that the Jamaat and BNP not attacking us, only government supporters is doing that also the general people saing the same so the CNN should embarrass the world more and more by publishing these kinds of posts.

      March 14, 2013 at 4:02 am | Reply
      • Jmail

        Ha ha! A good joke!!

        March 15, 2013 at 5:09 am |
  17. Nataraj

    Yea ..Mr. Freddy Hoffman is on the point. Mr. Cadman , here, is nothing but a paid lawer of Jamaat. Whatever he says, all goes to the favor of Jamaat, the militant political party. He cleverly escaped what Jamaat is now doing in the name of religion to save it's convicted leaders- killing people of other religions, burning their idols, killing law enforcement orgs/polices. His partial view also escaped the wholehearted support of Bangladeshi , all over the world, in favor to try the war-criminals. Bangladeshi students studying in foreign universities (more than 100) , showed solidarity and working in online media to put an end of this black part of history. Jamaat is claimed to invest billion billion dollars to talk in their support. Yea, u r right at one point. #Shahbag is not Tahrir square, which brought the islamists pocket the benefit. #Shahbag is the Bangladeshi movement to try the criminals worked against it's own country during the 1971..it's the demand of all patriotic Bangladeshi.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  18. Ashabadee

    Where is the editorial note that the author (Toby Cadman) is an advisor to defense counsel of the accused war criminals being tried right now. Mr. Cadman is directly paid by Jamaat-e-Islami to work as their mouth piece. How can CNN let a post by someone like Toby Cadman to appear here. Has CNN lost the minimum level of editorial gatekeeping?

    March 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • S S

      So it OK for the Awami League mouthpiece to post but not OK for anyone else to say anything. The moment you raise any concern of the Awami League actions you will be either asked to be silent or be deported. Wow!! Amazing democracy we have in our country!! 1971 was a true success! Keep this up a little more, and then the very same so called Awami league sheeps will realize they have given birth to another Hitler or Saddam.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:44 am | Reply
  19. Mrityonjoy71

    It is very unfortunate to see such an article here on GPS. I don't understand how he can publish a commentary without being biased while he was (may be still is) being paid by the defendant. He said he was expelled as if Govt. didn't want him to work on this case but he didn't mentioned he was expelled because he hid information regarding his previous visits to Bangladesh and provided wrong information during his entry to Bangladesh. He talked about the flawed tribunal and international concerns but failed to mention any specific flaw of the tribunal.
    I believe international organizations like HRW, Amnesty are informed by different other similar branches all around the world and I am not surprised by their superficial concerns when I see the chief of Human Rights Concerns, UK, Chowdhury Mueenuddin is also a war criminal fled from Bangladesh after the war. Moreover, he conveniently ignored the attacks on minority communities by the supporters of the war criminals during last few days. HRW, Amnesty also expressed concerns regarding this, but he didn't mention that!
    Finally, I think this article has a clear conflict of interest and failed to depict the reality in Bangladesh now. Shame on you Cadman!

    March 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • S S

      Its an article and a post based on an opinion of a person who honestly admits his affiliation. What's wrong with that? Oh I know what. It because you and other pro-Indian Awami League groups did not like it. So now why dont you try to deport him from US. These undemocratic things can happen in Bangladesh under Awami League not in US.

      March 14, 2013 at 3:49 am | Reply
      • Mrityonjoy71

        So he can hide information, tell lie and write biased report and if I object then I am pro India, Pro BAL!..This is the only thing you can do calling people something you don't know about...that is how you are calling all the protesters atheist..huh! be logical.. try to learn to say wrong when it is wrong..

        March 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
      • Jmail

        It's called 'conflict of interest'.

        March 15, 2013 at 5:05 am |
  20. Queensguy

    The tapes revealed by Economist, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal and Amer Desh show that the Tribunal wrote the convictions before hearing evidence. Someone should be punished for the brutality of the war 40 years ago. But this government can't be trusted. Why not give the job to an independent body like the UN. Targeting political opponents isn't justice.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  21. Awami Alarm

    She is using the trials to keep the BNP from regaining power. She has let loose the mobs but has lost control. Welcome back military rule.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  22. Imran Ahmed

    Rather than shoot the messenger let's face the facts-what we are witnessing is mob rule. What is happening in Bangladesh is the worst form of McArthyism and a grim manifestation of the post 9-11 Bush Doctrine

    March 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  23. sazbad

    This is a biased writing from a lawyer who is hired by the Jamat-e-Islami who are the defendant. These defendants are convicted of some heinous crime that it needs to be paid to write in favor of them.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • Dishari Rahman

      The political leaders imprisoned are innocent, they have no hand on any crime in 1971. Their only crime was that they supported an United Pakistan to counter Indian hagemony – if that is the crime then 75% Bangladeshis today who are opposed to Indian bullying should be hanged and make Bangladesh an Indian state!

      March 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Reply
      • Maruf

        oh that is your excuse for killing all the people in 71, and you are saying these people believed in Bangladesh after 16th December. Still now your excuse is the same, save these leaders to save Bangladesh from India. In 1971 people didn't listen to these so called/framed excuses and now also people won't accept your drama to make Bangladesh a part of Pakistan. You accept this or not, Bangladesh will never be a part of Pakistan again and not going to be a part of India either.

        March 14, 2013 at 2:27 am |
  24. tufail

    'I was a member of the defense team until I was expelled from the country for complaining about the lack of due process'.
    All of you who are criticizing Mr Cadman, please learn to read before you pass your comments. Then again what's the point if you have been hired by Mr Sajib Wajeed Joy to run the the governments propaganda machine. Dispelling the truth and brain washing people like the Nazis and the Fascist did will not help your cause. Those systems have failed and have become a painful memory for the world. The Gonojagoron Moncho are not the 160M Bangalis and they neither represent them. If you want to see the reality come to Bangladesh and travel to the cities and villages that make up majority of 160M of Bangalis. They are demanding a democratic government not a communist and fascist government. Yes they want the trial of the criminals but all criminals including those who are within the current government. Not only the criminals of 1971 must be bought to justice but also those who have looted the country since then.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • Cayan Hasan

      And I also failed to see some rich counter message from you as well!! Whenever, some writings say some important points and facts, a group of newly discovered enlightened and intellectual Bangalee Samprodaik sokti to make a colour of that as Rajakar!! Alas! most of them are from Rajakar poribar!! You may think me as I said your range of thinking, but, I know what I have seen in Bangladesh!! Yes, Mr. Toby Cadman failed to point out real feature of my blooded Bangladesh, this is a 2% feature of the fact, things are even worst there. We witnessed who can dance on the lives in the street!! So ill fated we are, we have such country man around!!!

      March 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  25. Tor

    It is very hard to believe that this writing is written by someone impartial from any influence. Toby Cadman is a lawyer appointed by Jamaat-E-Islami Bangladesh. He failed to mention this in his article. There are a lot of discrepancies and misrepresentations of truth in this writing. He wrote about riots, but a group of terrorists doing some organized crimes against police and general people is called a riot? This article could not cast any light on atrocities done by Jamaat towards police in recent days, despite various evidences are available everywhere.
    Mr. Cadman wrote that, all the accused are from opposition party. However, he could not mention the role of this ‘opposition party’ during genocide of Bangladesh in 1971. I hope Mr. Cadman would do some research on 1971 genocide and would be able to find the roles of these ‘opposition party’ leaders against the concept of independent Bangladesh. We all know that money talks, someone writing a topic regarding a foreign country should however have some more knowledge and information before writing an article like this.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  26. KAMRUZZAMAN

    May be Mr. Toby Cadman was a paid member of deffence team, but whatever he wrote in this article is mostly true. This international crime tribunal( ICT) created by present govt, ,just to put pressure on bnp to breake the alliance with jamat for awamilig political gains. Trial is politically motivated , and verdict also manipulated by govt. Recent atrocities commited by police is unimaginable, more then 140 innocent peoples was killed by police brutality ,hasina govt. was total mum about it.Attacks on minority is not only doing by jamat, many newspaper report showes awamilig also doing the same crime and blaming jamat/bnp.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  27. Muhammad Noman

    this is not a biased writing at all. What is happening in Bangladesh is the worst form of autocratic rule.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  28. factsSpeak

    Why not shoot people at random? Why not let them look at you the wrong way and cut their neck off? Why is there a problem with having fair and transparent trials? Maybe in those fair trials the defendants will be found guilty - or are you afraid that with the fair presentation of evidence they might be found "not guilty". That would put a real spanner in your march to the public hangings, would it not"? Whay is Awami League so bloody afraid of free trials? What scares them so? Perhaps it is the truth. Perhaps they know that having judges with NO international experience trying to run an "international war crimes tribunal" was ridiculous. Perhaps they know that having an ex-patriot in Brussels tell them what they should do is just plain sad. Perhaps they know that the re-election that they so cravenly desire just might not be the lock-down that they expect. Perhaps they can expect more rioting in the streets. Perhaps they can expect more innocent people to be shot in the streets. Who, then, can the Awami League blame this blood fest on? Or perhaps the truth is that they don't even care. Maybe the real truth is that they just want to hang a few men just to make themselves look good. That would be the saddest story of all.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  29. Michigan Pilot (USA)

    I totally agree. A tyrant government is becoming another Hitler, another Hosni Mubarak, another Gaddafi; killing innocent people. Now their poisoning the little babies too! Their shutting down media for showing the truth. Their capturing people who speak up, broodily beating, and then shooting them. No media is showing the brutal part BECAUSE THEY WERE THREATENED.!

    March 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  30. Dishari Rahman

    Bangaldesh current regime lead by Shaikh Hasina is surrounded by the Communist Ideologue. Few miscreants like Shariar Kabir, Muntasir Mamun, Jafor Iqbal who had been campaigning against the biggest Islamic Political Parties for decades has one agenda – that is to destroy Jamaat by murdering (Judicial Murder) thier top leadership, It is no secret that Jamaat wanted to keep Pakistan United but eversince 16th Decemeber of 1971 they have accepted the independece of Bangladesh and worked really hard to keep the soverignty of Bangladesh, They bring moral and ethical politics in Bangladesh. They create disipline among the party workers, they area tolarent with minority and wants communal harmony. These are the facts reported even in the Indian dailies/Magazines recently. So far Awami League it is impossible to challange them in the political front because their party men are corrupt to the teeth, their student league is nothing but a terrorist organization. So it is natural that they will use this tool of trying war criminal to silnce Jamaat-e-Islami.

    But people in Bangaldesh now realizing – what a farcical trial happening with tax payers money. They will rise up against the travesty of justice, that day is not very far. So paid agent of Awami League will cry foul in this comment section and point finger that Mr. Cadman is paid – surprise, surprise!!

    March 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Reply
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