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. Mansur

    The govt.prompted mass killing few days ago. They are shutting down media for showing the truth. They are capturing people who speak up, brutally beating, and shooting them. Most of the medias are not showing the brutal part BECAUSE THEY WERE THREATENED.!

    March 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  2. Ibn Zamir

    The Awami League regime came to power to unite the nation, But this regime over the last four years has sharply divided the nation. This nation is more polarized right now than it was ever before.Due to the divide and rule policy of the top two political parties in Bangladesh, the country could not progress enough even after 42 years of independence. Trying the oppostion political leaders in the name of war crimes committed 42 years ago by the brutal pakistani regime is indeed an example of ruling party's aspiration to stay in the power forever. Violence over the last last two weeks that witnessed the murder of more than 150 people and wounded thousands of people in Bangladesh. No one takes lesson from the history. Bangladesh needs leaders like Dr. Yunus who can take the country forward unlike the present regime.

    March 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  3. Abu Wakil

    Excellent synopsis. I am an American recently visited Bangladesh and have been eye witness to events on the ground. I too have come to the same conclusion as the author. I have been also closely observing the situation in Bangladesh. Its very clear that current autocratic government using all means and tools to eliminate opposition leaders and workers in Bangladesh. BD ICT neither follows the international standard nor local standard, rather its fulfilling government's agenda. Its became very clear that Delawar Hossain Sayedee did not have any role during Bangladesh liberation war. It became very clear through Skype conversation between Cheief Justice Nizamul Haq Nasim and Dr. Zia Uddin. All false and fabricated evidence has been used against him. Still prosecution team totally failed to prove any evidence. Shukhranjan Bali, (brother of Bisha Bali, who was killed by Pakistan Army in 1971, and prosecution team accused Sayedee that he killed Bisha Bali, and court gave death sentence for that case), who was one of the eye witnesses of prosecution team denied to give false statement against Sayedee, even after getting death threat and huge money offer from the government, but when he came to give his statement in favor of Sayedee, government special branch police kidnapped him from the gate of ICT and no body know what happened to him. you can get his statement in YouTube. I strongly support Toby Cadman for his brilliant writing. I also highly appreciate CNN for publishing this article based on true information.

    March 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  4. karthick

    mr fareed zakaria I request you on behalf of Tamils to post an article on Sri Lanka so that the world will know the genocide and support us then we will be very thankfull to you.

    March 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  5. rafiq

    I have been also closely observing the situation in Bangladesh. 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 10:58 pm | Reply
  6. Cayan Hasan

    A good synopsis indeed!! I have just returned from my beloved country where i stayed 4 weeks to visit my parents after 4 years. I thought, as I found from most of the newspaper, that a warm wave is going on Bangladesh in the value of our Liberation War. However, I found things just opposite to that, a political killing i have witnessed there. Most of the dailies and electronic media for a surprising cause hide the real feature of my country. Since I have visited there (7 Feb-10 March) after a long time, I had to visit Dhaka, Comilla, Feni, Laksmipur, Chittagong, and Khagrachari. I found, people are very angry with the so said "SAHBAG" game of the failed government. I suddenly lost my spirit that I gathered from print and electronic media from abroad while meeting rural and mass people. A mass massacre I have witnessed or felt while I was there right at the local community!! You may ask me, as many comments I am seeing here, reiterate the spirit of our holly Liberation War, I want to say very straight way, strongly and boldly, that I am purely a man of the spirit of our Liberation War, but the bloody game what is going on in BD in the name of Int. Criminal Court, is false, a bloody power game of ruling Awami League government. We have to raise our voice against this, otherwise, our mass people will die in the street and whole nation will suffer a lot!!!

    March 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • Mos Sonia

      I'm surprised Mr. Cayan that even after being "a man of the spirit of our Liberation War," how can you not support the trial of the heinous war criminals (most of who were mass murderers)? How can you forget the crimes committed by those under trials and the fact that Jamat as a political party collaborated with the Pakistani army in the genocide of 1971? Don't you feel ashamed that you term the international crime tribunal as the "bloody game" and thus, want to stop the trial of those heinous war criminals? How can you turn a blind eye to the Jamat-Shibir atrocities and their vandalism of hindu properties (you claim to be present in Bangladesh at that time)? If you are truely "a man of the spirit of our liberation war," PLEASE raise your voice for the truth. Otherwise please don't identify yourself as a Bangladeshi.

      March 14, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
      • Cayan Hasan

        Thanks Sonia for your comment!!! Since doing KHELAGHAR and SAPLA KURI at 1976-1986, we chant slogan against Golam Azam, Nizami, Fazlul Kader as Rajakar, Albadar Ei Muhurte Bangla Char? We never heard Sayedee as Razakar!! Even while he joined in Jammate Islami. Suddenly, whie he become a strong personality in Bangladesh he has become a War Criminal!! Do you want me to be blind and killer in the name of our Historic Liberation War!! You may called name- JAMAATEE or Dharma Bebsaye to him but not a war criminal. If you do so, people will not accept his ICT!! Alas! this Awami League make our Holly Liberation War a game!! Shame, shame!! We do not want to see about 40% are in favour of this, yes I can tell you only 40% as things stand now a days!! Do not make our historic achievement as a questionable one. A report published in Prothom alo screened Razakars and found Jatiya Parti is highest scorar followed by Awami League, BNP and then Jamaat!! Can you believe it!!
        So, how many are representing as from the above ratio in the unquestionable ICT of Bangladesh now!!
        How can we have to believe that Bagha Siddique is a NOBBO RAZAKAR,
        and the game what is going on is the DITIYO MUKTI JUDDHO!!! Only the irony of our fate, we are Bangladeshi or Bangalee, at the evening, people are laughing at us!!!
        Please think of it, and if you have some information please serve me to live long in this world, please keep away your Paltan Gossip in the name of Liberation War spirit!!!

        March 14, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Mos Sonia

        The fact that you did not hear about Saydee's war crime does not mean that he is innocent. If you really want to know about "whether or not" Saydee was a war criminal, go to this link and make a decision using your own judgement http://www.poriborton.com/article_details.php?article_id=13085# (eight of these charges were proved beyond doubt).
        Yes, there are rajakars in League also. Let BNP come to the power and punish those rajakars and war criminals. I only wish it would happen.
        At the end, I don't want to even argue with anyone who believes Saydee's innocent.

        March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
      • Cayan Hasan

        Dear Sonia, I read those attachment! Nothing informative, the same I claimed as "Paltan Gossip"!! Please give some authentic info written or witnessed report published at 1971-1980. Because, they may be unbiased. Also, please consider freedom fighters on the ground. Commanders of Borisal sub region, or Mr. Major Zia never claimed Sayeedi as Razakar. Bir Uttam Sahjahan Umar stronly opposed that Sayeedi was a Razakar!!
        Even if I code from the latest verdict given by ICT, said Sayedee was not involved with any political party the than time, means he was a so said Pati Razakah, not attached with any political party!!!! MAy be this is the point to think for the critical thinker!! A pati razakar, individual, can be convict for a Mass killings and around 20 different gang atrocities!!!!!! Please do not sale your head rather think, even you may claim your self as an atheist!! Best regards

        March 15, 2013 at 4:04 am |
  7. Rumi

    Being a member of the defense team, Mr. Cadman's views are understandably very biased.

    He says, "Each defendant held leadership roles in the opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami". He tries to convey the message that the government is holding these trials just to weaken the link between BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. However, he conveniently skips the fact that these leaders held central positions in the collaborator groups during 1971. They were the commanders of the auxiliary forces that helped the Pakistani army to kill millions of Bangladeshi and torture hundreds of thousands of local women. One of these leaders, Abdul Kader Mollah, got a nickname "Butcher Kader" for his slaughtering of the Bengali's during 1971. This trial is taking place so that the Bangladeshis get justice after 42 years.

    March 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  8. বিক্ষিপ্ত ক্ষিতীশ

    Do you think your US ambassador is intentionally keeping his eyes closed? http://t.co/0wc9wr1Zzc

    March 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  9. Jawad

    I want to ask a question to those who think that Mr. Cadman is paid for that. Is there any single international organization yet has recognized these tribunals as international standard? Are all international organizations including UN are paid for?

    March 13, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  10. Md Alamgir Hossin

    Ruling party Police are making violence to blame Bangladesh Jammt-i-Islami and Shibir. They are brutally torturing on people. Police are arresting people then they shooting on arrested people in Police custody that is rules of violation.Now ruling party's people are attacking on Hindu's community and Media giving blame to Jammat-i-islami.I this this type of nasty ploy of the present government should stop now.

    March 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  11. Pathik Rasel

    It is very unfortunate for us that we have some people among our nation who only loves to believe anything that comes to their favour! Whoever would oppose them, no matter how true it is, they will reject him! On the contrary, whatever wrong they do, will be justified, simply because 'they' did it, and it cannot be wrong! This is the case with Awami League and its members! Whatever their leaders say is true and 'revelation' to them!

    Despite international criticism and immense unlawfulness in the ICT, the ministers and all Awamis together have appraised it because it was set up by the Awami League (and they can never go wrong)! The ICT is 'international' only by name, it has nothing else international in it. Neither it complies with the international standards, nor does it allow any international observers! This is a unique 'international' tribunal!

    The Awamis are trying only their opposition leaders! There are more razakars, al badars in their cabinet, those who committed crimes during the war, who collaborated with the Pakistani Army and the Pak government! Those who were members of the Pakistan Civil Service and served the government of Pakistan even during the war! They are now adorning the ministerial seats! Why aren't being tried! Oh, because they are Awami League!

    It was not only Jamaat who opposed the independence during the 1971 war. All the leftist communist parties were also in favour of being together with Pakistan, against a separation. They are not being blamed for their opposition!? In fact many of them are part/allies of the ruling government! Why should that be a crime for Jamaat and not for the leftist communist parties? These need to be answered clearly, whereas it has never been answered by the Awami League government!

    Awami League have always shown double standards when it comes to justice and truth!

    March 14, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
  12. Bangladesh crisis group

    The Awami League government established the ‘Interna-
    tional Crimes Tribunal’ to try people they accused of commit-
    ting crimes during 1971. No Pakistanis have come before the
    court, nor have any ruling Awami League leaders who sup-
    ported the Pakistan-side during the war, or even those who
    publicly committed war crimes after the war. The only people
    in the dock are those belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami and
    the Bangladesh National Party.
    if the accused feel they are innocent,
    Why don’t they agree to suBmit them-
    selves in front of a court of laW?
    They have. In fact, all those accused readily submitted
    themselves in front of the Tribunal and insist they have
    nothing to hide. Unfortunately, the Trial is not fair and has
    been criticised by everyone from the UN, Human Rights
    Watch, Amnesty International and a long list of human
    rights defenders. The tribunal has no international ju-
    risdiction nor international recognition or involvement.
    These trials have been conducted in total disregard of
    international norms.
    The ‘International Crimes Tribunal’ has already been ex-
    posed for what it really is: a kangaroo court run at the be-
    hest of the current Bangladeshi government. In December
    last year, the Economist revealed illegal collusion between
    the state, prosecutor and the presiding judge (who later
    resigned). Yet, Delwar Hussain Sayeedi’s trial continued
    without a retrial. Defence witnesses and the defence team
    have been stifled at every turn. Most serious is the widely
    reported case of key defence witness Sukh Ranjan Bali
    who was allegedly seized by a special police unit from the
    entrance to the Tribunal on November 5th.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
  13. shankar

    Can the author please blurt out certain keywords "minorities", "hindus", "massacre"...etc.

    I bet the author has no guts to do that..He wants to protray this as a sectarian violence, my foot !!! It is a massacre on the hindus & some sane muslims of bangladesh, by the fascist Awami leage & the other islamist groups.

    The West never had the guts to accept the facts. By portraying this as a sectarian conflict, the author conveniently helps the agenda of these war mongering hate groups. This is a clear majority-killing-minority scenario, which needs to be looked into by the international community.

    The more the west tries to appease such nonsense to hide their hypocrisy, the more trouble these groups foment throughout the world. One day, this is gonna eat up the whole western world. Does anyone see, what is UK going through. UK society is being ripped apart by the mindless political correctness & rabid appeasement. Europe is next in line. US will have to go through this aswell. It is called Karma.

    "As you sow, so you reap"

    March 14, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • A. Zaman

      Bangladesh never had a communal problem like India. Muslims, Hindus, Christian and others have been living there for hundreds of years in peace and brotherhood. In the past whatever happened in India, it did not affect Bangladesh. So, pl. do not spread the hate and contempt against the peace loving people of Bangladesh. Whatever had happened in the name of minority massacres were because of political gains and done by so called secular parties. Whatever is happening now, there is a hand of AL behind the incidents even though they blindly followed AL. Look at the pro-active actions of SOME Hindu police officers or officials. No majority, no minority-people are people. If any thing wrong is done by anyone, let's condemn it, no matter what religion, or political group he may belong to. Right now, AL is playing with all sensitive issues to overcome the present crisis.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:58 am | Reply
  14. topon

    thank you for the article. Bangladesh government is cleansing its opposition parties, specially Jamaat. There is no due process of laws are followed and using it government mechanisms to kill them and this oppression must stop. On the other hand hand government's supporters ultra-secularist and communist are given special favorable treatment, security and other supports. Double standards in policy applications....

    March 14, 2013 at 1:52 am | Reply
  15. Ifekhar

    You can't do both. Mr. Cadman criticizes ICT in public media and at the same time represents someone under that very tribunal. As a professional lawyer you can't do both.
    First line of professional ethics in Legal practice is that, you cannot criticize the very law/legal framework in which you are representing your client. If you want to criticize, drop the case and criticize as much as you want.

    March 14, 2013 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • Dr Khan

      Such a misleading and deceitful statement, Mr Cadman no longer represents the defence team as he was locked up in the Dhaka airport for more than 24 hours and denied entry to BD. He never made it to the GREAT tribunal although it was glamourously beutified as ' INTERNATIONAL' Tribunal. What a cheat and mockery of justice.

      Thank you Mr Cadman

      March 14, 2013 at 4:09 am | Reply
      • Jmail

        "I AM a member of the defense team" – Toby M. Cadman
        This is written in present tense. Toby IS STILL A MEMBER of the Jamat's defense team, fool!

        March 15, 2013 at 5:10 am |
  16. banglaboi

    "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."

    I agree with this comment.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:15 am | Reply
  17. banglaboi

    "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."

    I agree with this comment. Better late than never...

    March 14, 2013 at 3:17 am | Reply
  18. Rony Jony

    Genocide is going on poor pious Muslim people in Bangladesh. International community should take necessary action against Hasina govt. The people who are under trail all of them are innocent. Mr.Toby your voice should be more louder.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:32 am | Reply
  19. Rony Jony

    Thanks CNN.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:33 am | Reply
  20. hussain ahmed

    Ruling party Police are making violence to blame Bangladesh Jammt-i-Islami and Shibir. They are brutally torturing on people. Police are arresting people then they shooting on arrested people in Police custody that is rules of violation.Now ruling party's people are attacking on Hindu's community and Media giving blame to Jammat-i-islami.I this this type of nasty ploy of the present government should stop now.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:35 am | Reply
  21. Khokan khan

    Mr. Toby Cadman is absouletly right.
    Please stop Genocide in Bangladesh. Stop the unfair trial of the political leaders.

    March 14, 2013 at 3:53 am | Reply
  22. Dr Khan

    Mr Cadman is absolutely correct in his investigative analysis and we support his assertion

    March 14, 2013 at 4:02 am | Reply
  23. hussain ahmed

    many many thanks to CNN. Please stope the so called ICT and relese the political leaders.

    March 14, 2013 at 4:14 am | Reply
  24. ABUSAIF

    It is very unfortunate for us that we have some people among our nation who only loves to believe anything that comes to their favour! Whoever would oppose them, no matter how true it is, they will reject him! On the contrary, whatever wrong they do, will be justified, simply because 'they' did it, and it cannot be wrong! This is the case with Awami League and its members! Whatever their leaders say is true and 'revelation' to them!

    Despite international criticism and immense unlawfulness in the ICT, the ministers and all Awamis together have appraised it because it was set up by the Awami League (and they can never go wrong)! The ICT is 'international' only by name, it has nothing else international in it. Neither it complies with the international standards, nor does it allow any international observers! This is a unique 'international' tribunal!

    The Awamis are trying only their opposition leaders! There are more razakars, al badars in their cabinet, those who committed crimes during the war, who collaborated with the Pakistani Army and the Pak government! Those who were members of the Pakistan Civil Service and served the government of Pakistan even during the war! They are now adorning the ministerial seats! Why aren't being tried! Oh, because they are Awami League!

    It was not only Jamaat who opposed the independence during the 1971 war. All the leftist communist parties were also in favour of being together with Pakistan, against a separation. They are not being blamed for their opposition!? In fact many of them are part/allies of the ruling government! Why should that be a crime for Jamaat and not for the leftist communist parties? These need to be answered clearly, whereas it has never been answered by the Awami League government!

    Awami League have always shown double standards when it comes to justice and truth

    March 14, 2013 at 5:09 am | Reply
  25. Muin

    Calm down. Neither prime minister nor opposition leader would allow sectarian violence. They're good people and pretty mainstream. Bangladeshi people won't allow it. Bangladeshis love prophet. They also love rabindranath/ That's just part of being bengali. You just have a difficult job. You're trying to defend the indefensible.

    March 14, 2013 at 5:19 am | Reply
  26. islam t

    A short yet conclusive article on the war-crimes trial in Bangladesh. I agree with Mr Cadman's fear of justice without following the due process. The trial from the very beginning lacked transparency! I also agree that the ongoing Shahbag protest is exerting pressure on the judges and is a prime example of mob justice. However, there are couple of issues that I think, needs clarification:

    1) The writer mentioned the 3 million killed in 71 with a sense of cynicism. He sounds as if this figure is an exaggeration. This is not true! Multiple sources during the last four decades confirmed that the figure of 3million is correct.
    2) Mr Cadman is glorifying the popular support of Jamaat. Saying that BNP cannot come to power without the support of Jamaat is ridiculous. Jamaat's support base is less than 5% where as BNP's base is around 40%.So Jamaat is not that big a player when it comes to popular support.
    3)The author's position on UNHCR taking punitive measure against Bangladesh is preposterous. The situation in Bangladesh is not as grave as Syria or Burma. ANY such move will be considered highly prejudice and unfair.

    March 14, 2013 at 5:19 am | Reply
  27. Ataullah

    Mr. Toby Cadman is right.
    Our demand is: Stop Genocide in Bangladesh. Stop the unfair trial of the political leaders.

    March 14, 2013 at 5:31 am | Reply
  28. asad

    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."

    I agree with this comment. Better late than never...

    March 14, 2013 at 5:50 am | Reply
  29. MB

    Mr. Toby M. Cadman should be applauded for his publishing of this article, having a brief but indepth facts
    behind the so called ICT and its implied intentions. However, the Blinds will not see, nor will they listen to the
    truth. It is so sad that the noble intentions of Shibir and Jamat are not recognised by many. However, the
    days are coming.... and sure it will.... when the truth will come out as the sun opens up from the background
    of black clouds, slowly but modestly.

    We will wait for that with patience and do not worry, there will not be a Kangaroo court any more to prosecute those politically oppose.

    Thanks Mr.Toby and keep up the good work.

    March 14, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply
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