Save war trial from blushes

Given the political turmoil hogging the headlines, this particular news did not get the importance it deserves but it has great national significance — four prosecutors of the International Crimes Tribunal and two investigators of such crimes have sought tickets from the Awami League.
We are shocked and dismayed at such behavior of these important persons who were entrusted to carry out one of the most crucial tasks for the nation – to bring to justice those persons who perpetrated the most heinous crimes at the birth of Bangladesh.
This task of ensuring justice was not to be a partisan work, but a professional work of conscience. This task had to be flawless and pinpointed. It was the expectation that these people would devote their best of time to the job in hand and finish it off to the satisfaction of the nation.
But what we see is these same people are running after getting nominations from AL. This expression of their interest exposes a few things.
First, their seeking AL nomination reveals their political inclination, which may cast a shadow on the vital legal task that lies in their hands. Doubts can be cast that they might have worked keeping nominations in mind . An investigator is supposed to be a servant of the law, working without any prejudice to serve justice.
Secondly, they were working for a national cause and as such they had to be beyond any doubt or controversy. By seeking nomination, we can say that they may create grounds for controversy .
Thirdly, they are appointed by the state. It is a case of conflict of interest that they seek a particular party’s ticket while being paid by the state. They run the risk of suffering damage in public esteem.
In the international media and in diplomatic circles, a lot of doubts have already been expressed about what they have called the flawed nature of the trial. We could do well without adding further fuel to fire.
And in the end, we are also surprised by the comment of our law minister, who found nothing wrong in their seeking nomination and that he saw a simple solution once they resign after getting nomination.
The law minister’s comments, we think, are totally misplaced and cast doubt on his own capacity to distinguish between the ‘letter’ and the ‘spirit’ of the law.
Questions may as well arise as to how sincerely and devotedly these people can work on the trial until they get nomination, if at all. We can assume that they will be quite busy in pursuing their political careers from now on.

Source: The Daily Star