74% HAPPY WITH WAR CRIMES TRIALS
Despite propaganda against the war crimes trial and some criticism and controversy surrounding the trial process, 74% of the respondents have expressed satisfaction with the trial
Although nearly three-fourths of the respondents of a Dhaka Tribune opinion poll expressed satisfaction with the ongoing trial of war crimes, more than half of them are against barring Jamaat-e-Islami from contesting national elections.
Despite propaganda against the war crimes trial and some criticism and controversy surrounding the trial process, 74% of the respondents of the Dhaka Tribune opinion poll have expressed satisfaction with the trial. Nearly a half of them (36.3%) said they were highly satisfied.
Among the remaining, 9.3% declined saying anything because they said they were “not sure” about the issue and 16.2% have expressed dissatisfaction with the trails. Of the latter, 10% were highly dissatisfied.
The male respondents were slightly more satisfied with the trials than the female. Respondents aged 35 and above were more approving to the war crimes trials than those in the 18-35 age group.
Meanwhile, 53.2% of the respondents replied in the negative to the question “are you in favour of barring Jamaat-e-Islami from participating in the elections?” A little of the 33% of the respondents replied “yes,” while 13.4% said they “do not know.”
Those against barring Jamaat were mostly men while the breakdown was equal for those who supported the cause.
Of the respondents from the 18-35 age group, 53% were against barring Jamaat and 33% were in favour. The gap, however, was a lot narrower when it came down to the 35-50 and above age group – 45.4% against and 40% in favour.
60.4% respondents from the low income group (monthly earning of Tk5,000 or less) were against barring Jamaat while 25.3% opined in favour of imposing restrictions. The figures are 50.6% and 37.1% respectively for those belonging to the high income group (monthly earning of Tk50,000 and above).
The government has already executed Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Appeals against the death sentences against Jamaat leaders Delawar Hossain Sayedee, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed are currently pending with the Supreme Court.
The International Crime Tribunal, formed to try war crimes charges, have observed on many occasions that Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the 18-party opposition alliance, was involved with war crimes as a party in 1971.
The decade-old demand for banning Jamaat as a party was brought to the forefront by the Ganajagaran Mancha, a platform of bloggers and online activists that emerged to protest against the initial sentence of lifetime imprisonment handed down to Quader Molla.
The demand gained momentum following the recent violent acts and those that Jamaat staged soon after Sayedee had been given death sentence.
Earlier this year, as per a High Court verdict, the Election Commission cancelled Jamaat’s registration, barring the party from contesting the upcoming parliamentary polls.
FEBRUARY 06, 2014