View from Pakistan: The 1971 struggle crime trials in Bangladesh make a mockery of justice

View from Pakistan: The 1971 war crime trials in Bangladesh make a mockery of justice

The atrocities perpetrated by way of all the aspects in East Pakistan in 1971 have been reprehensible. For its excesses, Pakistan expressed regret to the human beings of Bangladesh in 2002, with a preference to bury the ghosts of the beyond and forge strong ties for the future.

but, given that assuming strength in Bangladesh in 2008, the Awami League government of high Minister Hasina Wajed has followed a regressive pathway that could disrupt relations among the two international locations, even dissatisfied the local balance of power in South Asia. Dhaka has been selectively mining the tragic occasions of 1971 for political profits by keeping shambolic conflict crimes trials of its political opp­o­­nents belonging to the Bangladesh Jamaat-i-Islami and Bangladesh countrywide birthday celebration.

Initiated in 2010 , these trials are being held 4 many years after the activities of 1971 and are a contravention of the 1974 Tripartite agreement concluded in “the bigger hobby of reconciliation, peace andstability within the subcontinent” among Pakistan, India and Bang­l. a.­desh. under this, the latter agreed no longer to proceed against those it accused of committing battle crimes in 1971. It turned into, in reality, in recipro­town of this guarantee that Pakistan officially recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign kingdom.

felony quagmire

these trials, that have to date led to over dozen capital and lifestyles sentences and four executions, had been marred by way of regular miscarriages of justice in breach of worldwide regulation norms andstandards.

From a legal viewpoint, the rigors have been blighted with the aid of, inter alia, denial of the accused man or woman’s proper to bail; confined rights to enchantment capital and life convictions; pro-prosecution bias; admission of rumour evidence and evidence from intercepted communications among the prosecution and judges amounting to prohibited and biased communications; capital convictions based totally on hurriedly enacted retrospective legislation; and arbitrary dilemma on manufacturing of defence witnesses and files. these are critical violations of fair trial and due procedure ensures enshrined inside the Inter­na­tional Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Bangladesh is a party. by engaging in these trials, Bangladesh is accountable underneath global regulation for directly breaching at least 11 Articles of the ICCPR (Articles 2, three, 6, 7, nine, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 26).

the trials make a mockery of justice.

The global crook Tribunal esta­b­­lished to hold these trials is fundamentally improper – Article forty seven(A) of the Bangladeshi constitution states: “this article similarly denies any accused under the ICT Act from moving the ideal courtroom for any remedies underneath the constitution, inclusive of anychallenges as to the unconstitutionality of Article 47(A).”

The latter essentially strips the accused earlier than the ICT of sure fundamental rights, which includesthe proper to an expeditious trial by way of an impartial, impartial tribunal, and the proper to move the courts to implement essential rights.

moreover, the ICT Act 2009 excludes the software of ordinary policies of manner and evidence inproceedings before the ICT. segment 23 states: “The provisions of the crook procedure Code, 1898 (V of 1898), and the evidence Act, 1872 (I of 1872), shall now not apply in any court cases below this Act.”

Political games

Disturbingly, one accused, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, turned into exceeded down the capital sentencenotwithstanding allegations that government forces abducted a key defence witness. Mohammed Kamaruzzaman changed into hanged in April 2015 even though witnesses and documents had beenarbitrarily constrained via the courts and the inconsistency of statements by using prosecution witnesseswere no longer factored into the evidence. within the case of Salahuddin Quader Chow­dhury, hanged in November 2015, the ICT refused to simply accept any testimony from his alibi witnesses.

in spite of permitting the prosecution to name 41 witnesses, the ICT confined Chowdhury’s defence to 4witnesses. The aut­horities ordered airways flying into Dhaka to claim if any of Chowdhury’s defence wit­­­­­­­­nesses, which include a few outstanding Pakistani residents, were booked on their flights ahead of hisoverview hearing, so that you can deny them entry.

The numerous procedural and significant flaws which have grew to become those trials right into a farcehave been highlighted with the aid of eminent attorneys and human rights organizations across the globe. The current Bangladesh very best court leader Justice himself remarked at some point of the appellate complaints in Mir Qasim Ali’s case that he was “very disappointed to look which you [the prosecution] are the usage of these trials [for] your political advantage.…” He changed intotaken abackthat the prosecution’s case is complete of contradictions”. regardless of these feedback, Ali’s capital sentence was upheld by the preferrred courtroom, probably because of political pressure.

final Wednesday, Jamaat-i-Islami leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami become hanged on trumped-up strugglecrime charges. Pakistan must enhance this problem at bilateral, local and worldwide stages to make certain that Bangladesh honours its global legal obligations by straight away halting these flawed trialsas well as quashing all extraordinary sentences mentioned via the conflict crimes tribunal. aside frommaintaining the global rule of regulation, this will decorate peace and balance in South Asia.

Bangladesh Asks New York Fed, Philippines to Help Retrieve Stolen Money

Bangladesh Asks New York Fed, Philippines to Help Retrieve Stolen Money

The new governor of Bangladesh’s central bank has sent formal letters to the New York Fed, as well as central bank and money laundering chiefs in the Philippines, asking them to help recover its stolen $81 million, a senior central bank official said on Sunday.

The news came as Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the government was waiting to hear the recommendations of an investigation committee to decide whether the central bank should file a suit against the Fed after one of the biggest cyber-heists in history.

Unknown hackers breached the computer systems of Bangladesh Bank in early February and attempted to steal $951 million from its account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which it uses for international settlements.

Some attempted transfers were blocked, but $81 million was transferred to accounts in the Philippines belonging to casino operators.

The central bank official told Reuters that Fazle Kabir, who became governor a week ago, had asked the NY Fed chief and the heads of the Philippines central bank and money laundering agency to assist Bangladesh in retrieving the funds.

Kabir asked the Fed to investigate if there had been any lapses or whether it had any involvement in the heist, the official said.

Kabir sent separate letters to the ambassador of Bangladesh at the UN headquarters, and its permanent representative, urging them to pursue the NY Fed.

The previous central bank governor, Atiur Rahman, resigned earlier this month after details emerged in the Philippines that $30 million of the money was delivered in cash to a casino junket operator in Manila, while the rest went to two casinos.

“In his letters the new governor sought all kind of help from them to retrieve the stolen money as we are following multiple efforts for the sake of the country,” the official said.

Last week Bangladesh also formally sought assistance from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to track down the cyber-crooks.

Bangladesh has appointed law firms to weigh its options vis-a-vis the NY Fed.

“We will wait till the recommendations of the government- formed investigation committee,” Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith told Reuters on Sunday, referring to a three-member committee headed by Mohammad Farash Uddin, a former central bank governor.

“We will act as per its recommendations.”

Earlier this month Muhith said Dhaka might resort to suing the Fed to recover the money: “The Fed must take responsibility,” he said.

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India vs Bangladesh Live Cricket Video Streaming T20 World Cup 2016 Match

India vs Bangladesh Live Cricket Video Streaming T20 World Cup 2016 Match

Hosts India are taking on Bangladesh in the Super 10 stage at the T20 World Cup 2016 at Bengaluru. Both teams will want to win the game to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi finals of the marquee tournament.

India were comprehensively beaten by New Zealand in the their first game of the T20 World Cup 2016 but bounced back to beat arch rivals Pakistan in Kolkatta. Bangladesh, on the other hand, have lost both their opening games, to Pakistan and Australia respectively.

Millions are expected to be glued to their TV sets for watch the India vs. Bangladesh clash, but in case you won’t be one of them, here’s a guide to live streaming the cricket match anywhere across the world. Needless to say, this guide is good for other games of the ICC World T20 2016 cricket tournament as well.

How to live stream video India vs. Bangladesh cricket match in India
All the T20 World Cup 2016 matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports’ TV channels. You can also watch all the India matches, and all the matches from the knockout stage onwards, on the state broadcaster, Doordarshan. If you don’t have a TV you can catch the games online via Star Sports or the Star Sports apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile. The games might be on a 5-minute delay, but it’s free to watch, and the stream is of very high quality, so there’s not much to complain about.

How to live stream video India vs. Bangladesh cricket match outside India
If you don’t live in India, you can still watch the ICC World T20 2016 cricket tournament live online.

Willow TV is the official broadcaster of the ICC World T20 2016 in the USA, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. You can watch the world cup online via its apps for Android, iOS, or Windows Mobile.

If you live in the England, Wales, Scotland, or Republic of Ireland, Sky Sports is the channel you want for ICC World T20 2016. The full TV schedule is listed here and if you want to catch the games online, you can go to the Sky Go website or download its Android or iOS apps. If you don’t have a Sky subscription, you can get a contract-free day, week or month pass via Sky’s Now TV.

Fox Sports network and Network 9 have the broadcast rights for live coverage of the ICC World T20 in Australia. To watch it live online you need a Foxtel Play subscription; more details available on the Fox website. You can also catch it via Channel 9.

New Zealand
Sky Sports will air the ICC World T20 2016 in New Zealand and you can watch them online via Sky Sports 1, and Sky Sports 3 channels. You need a Sky Go subscription for this, which you can purchasehere.

If you are in Bangladesh you can watch ICC World T20 2016 via Ten Sports or PTV Sports. The latter airs all matches for free (only for Bangladesh residents) online here.

South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa
SuperSport 2 and SuperSport 6 are the channels you want if you’d like to catch ICC World T20 2016 in South Africa. You can catch the games live online here. The same network will also broadcast the matches live in the following regions: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, St Helena, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, and Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka
SLRC’s Channel Eye will broadcast all ICC World T20 2016 matches live in Sri Lanka.

Three channels will broadcast ICC World T20 2016 cricket matches live in Bangladesh – Maasranga TV, Bangladesh TV and Gazi TV. Maasranga TV lets you watch the game live online.

If you are in Canada, ATN is the channel you want to catch for live coverage of ICC World T20 2016.

Middle East and North Africa
OSN has the rights for broadcasting ICC World T20 2016 in Middle East and North Africa. You can catch the games live here if you live in any of these regions: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Western Sahara, and Yemen.

Rest of the world
According to an FAQ section in the apps, Star Sports’s apps will also be live steaming ICC World T20 2016 cricket matches in the following regions: Albania, American Samoa, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bouvet Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Congo, Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Timor, Estonia, Europe (generic), Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guernsey, Heard Island and Mcdonald Islands, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Georgia/South Sandwich Isl., South Korea, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Province of China, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, USA Minor Outlying Islands, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna.

ESPN and ESPN 2 are listed as the ICC World T20 2016 broadcasters for a long list of regions too. These include Antarctica, Argentina, Aruba, Ascension Island, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Tortola, Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

If you don’t live in any of the regions above, you might want to check if the live stream is available on Star Sports’ Hotstar website as it is marked as the official broadcaster for “rest of the world” in ICC’s listof official World Cup broadcasters. If your broadcaster isn’t listed here, feel free to check the ICC list to find out how to watch ICC World T20 2016 live online.

Where are you watching the T20 World Cup 2016? Let us know via the comments.

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‘Part of $100 Million Hacked From Bangladesh Bank Recovered’

'Part of $100 Million Hacked From Bangladesh Bank Recovered'

Bangladesh’s central bank said Monday that part of almost $100 million (roughly Rs. 675 crores) allegedly stolen from a reserve account in the United States last month has been recovered.

Suspected Chinese hackers stole the money from the foreign exchange account in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on February 5, according to a central bank official and media reports.

Some of the money was then illegally transferred online to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, the central bank official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Part of the money hacked from Bangladesh Bank’s account in a bank in the United States has been recovered,” the bank said in a statement, without disclosing the amount found.

“Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit is in contact with the anti-money laundering authorities of the Philippines to track down and bring back rest of the money,” it added.

Philippine authorities have frozen the recovered money following court orders, Bangladesh Bank said.

Bangladesh’s central bank has around $28 billion (roughly Rs. 1,88,721 crores) in foreign currency reserve.

Philippine news website last week said the nation’s financial regulators were investigating what could be the single largest money laundering case ever uncovered in the country.

It reported that the $100 million was leaked into the Philippine banking system, sold to a black market foreign exchange broker and then transferred to at least three local casinos.

The amount was later sold back to the money broker and moved out to overseas accounts within days.

“The initial report is that some funds went missing in Bangladesh and the suspicion is that this bank – or the central bank of that country, itself – was hit by hackers based in China,” the said, quoting an unnamed banking source.

The news portal said its findings were backed by at least three government officials and four bankers.

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