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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2423

Bangladesh: Sector Commanders Forum expressed doubts on the trial of war crimes

M.A Qader-Reporting from Bangladesh

Dhaka, 08 August (Asiantribune.com): The Sector Commanders' Forum on Friday expressed doubt about the trial of war criminals despite the government's pledges and initiatives.

"The government's work in the last the seven months has left us suspicious" AKM Shafiullah, Vice President of the war-time commanders' forum told a roundtable discussion titled 'Relevant Duty and Challenges to Try War Criminals'.

"We cannot assure those who have been with the Sector Commanders' Forum for the past four years and made the [ruling Awami League-led Grand Alliance] win the elections, that the trial of war criminals will surely be held," the former army chief said.

"I think the government is not mentally ready to do this trial. If that is the case, the new generation will never forgive them," he warned.

Chairman of the forum AK Khandaker said, "Today's discussion was very necessary."

"The Grand Alliance's electoral pledge before Dec 29 elections was to try the war criminals," said Khandaker is also the Planning Minister.

"We must press ahead with our movement to try the war criminals. We will assist those who will participate in the movement," he added.

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and MP Rashed Khan Menon also spoke at the discussion where SCF Secretary General M Harun-Or-Rashid, a former army chief, read out the keynote paper.

However, the Bangladesh government on 30 July the urged international organizations and countries to help it with more evidence and documents for the trial of war crimes in 1971, the law minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed said on Thursday.

"We need evidence and documents to make trial of the crimes committed 38 years ago fair, transparent and acceptable," Shafique Ahmed told an international conference titled 'Genocide: Truth and justice' at CIRDAP auditorium in Dhaka on the day.

"We are seeking more evidence to make the trial internationally acceptable so that no question arises after the trial."

The minister said those people would face trial that had committed crimes against human in association with the Pakistan army in Bangladesh territory.

-Asian Tribune-

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