In a judicial system which worked, the article written by Omor Shehab on bdnews24.com concerning my blog reports on the alleged abduction by law enforcement officers of a prosecution-turned-defence witness at the international crimes tribunal would have been the source of an apology and a pay out for me in defamation damages.
Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, I don’t think anyone has ever won such a legal action in the courts. So I shall instead respond here to Omor’s article which apart from defaming me through it’s claim that I helped ‘fabricate’ the story of the witness abduction, contains many inaccuracies and omissions and is generally highly misleading.
Omor Shaheb’s basic position is pretty clear. Sukhranjan Bali, a witness in the Delwar Hossain Sayedee trial, was not kidnapped outside the international tribunal from a defence lawyer’s car; the Jamaat-e-Islami was involved in a conspiracy to pretend that he was abducted; and I was a party to that conspiracy.
What does Bali himself say?
Bali has himself stated clearly he was abducted by Bangladesh law enforcement agencies from outside the tribunal.