Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq said they had to face difficulties while collecting necessary information and documents for the court procedures to prove the assassination
Forty three years into the gruesome assassination of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a number of convicted key perpetrators are still at large eluding justice, said speakers at a discussion on Saturday.
At the same time, the suffering undergone by Bangabandhu's family members who were spared in the killing spree in the aftermath of the assassination was a tragic incident- as they were stripped off all sorts of basic human rights, they said.
"It is really shameful that a draconian black law was devised and put in place to protect the killers of the architect of our independence," said Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq. "Even after sweeping to power, Ziaur Rahman would not scrap the law that remained in effect until Awami League came to power in 1996.”
Awami League presidium member Col (retd) Faruk Khan, Awami League lawmaker Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Awami League International Affairs Secretary Dr Shammi Ahmed addressed the function.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Chief Whip ASM Feroz, Awami Leauge Joint General Secretary and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs Dr Dipu Moni were present at the discussion, moderated by International Affairs Sub Committee member Barrister Shah Ali Farhad.
Anisul Huq said although the killers of Bangabandhu, and most of his family members were brought to justice, the perpetrators that devised the plan are yet to be punished.
The minister, also the chief prosecutor of the Bangabandhu murder case, said they had to face difficulties while collecting necessary information and documents for the court procedures to prove the assassination.
"We were able to bring the killers of Bangabandhu to justice after overcoming various difficulties,” he said.
Taposh, son of Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani and his wife Arzu Moni, both killed on the night of August 15, said he was only three-year-old when his parents were killed.
He said his mother was pregnant when she was brutally killed. “I cannot recall a lot of things," he said. "I only remember our floor, splattered with the blood of my brutally assassinated parents."
Taposh said after the carnage, he had difficulties finding a place to stay.
"We had to lodge at our relatives' residences," he said. "But we could not stay at a single residence for more than 45 days."
The Awami League lawmaker said no educational institutions wanted to admit him, fearing that the then government would punish them.
Taposh said he could not celebrate any birthday after the assassination.
"My birthday is on November 19," said Taposh. "When the Supreme Court upheld a High Court verdict on November 19, 2009, confirming capital punishment for 12 people for killing Bangabandhu and most of his family members, including my parents, it was the greatest birthday gift of my life."
Documentaries and interviews on the August 15 carnage were screened in the discussion.