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Dear Friends:
Please read the following letter of "protest" from Razakar Motiur Rahman Nizami, written to the Economist in response to the article titled "Guilty at Birth?" which lately appeared in Economist. The Razakar once again denies any charge and personal involvement with the heinous war crimes committed during 1971. As the saying goes, a lie repeated hundred times may become a truth some day; hence I urge all the secular and pro-1971 persons/forces to send a counter-letter to the Economist exposing the hypocrisy and lies of this Razakar.

Please keep in mind, regardless of whether Economist publishes your letter, it is important that we raise our voices and let the Economist know--Nizami indeed is a war criminal and a pathetic liar. International media must hear- demand for the trials of '71 criminals is not any political gimmick. It is a serious issue. You may also wish to refer to some of the articles on MM 1971 Archive. Please write to the Economist at

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Dec 19th 2007
From The Economist print edition


Bangladesh's past

SIR – Regarding your recent article on Bangladesh (“Guilty at birth??, December 8th). The party I lead, Jamaat-e-Islami, strongly denies any link with the atrocities committed during the war of independence in 1971. It also denies any involvement whatsoever with the abduction and murder of journalists and academics. I would also point out that I was never a member of Al Badr nor did I ever lead that organisation. Furthermore, I ceased to become the head of Jamaat's student wing from October 1971 and did not hold any post in Jamaat until long after Bangladesh's liberation.
Jamaat is a moderate Islamic party that believes in democracy and human rights and is strongly committed to upholding the rule of law. Jamaat's position has always been that if any allegations made by a future war-crimes tribunal against a member of Jamaat are proved to be true in a court of law, then we are ready to face the consequences. In the past 36 years, no one, not even the relatives of the victims' families, has taken any step to institute legal proceedings against the alleged perpetrators of war crimes.

Motiur Rahman Nizami


URL: http://economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10320741


Acknowledgement: Dr. Zia U. Ahmed

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