Despite the murder of Oyasiqur having taken place more than a year ago, justice remains elusive in the case.
The targetted killings of writers and bloggers, a spate of which Bangladesh has recently faced, are a terrifying and shameful stain on the country’s recent history.
For that reason, it is crucial that the trials of those who were involved in the case take place with the utmost haste.
It is regrettable that Oyasiqur Rahman’s murder trial has faced such a delay, with five deposition dates being fixed by the court.
Lax treatment of the Oyasiqur case will only encourage future acts of crime, and that is a dangerous path to tread.
We understand that delays are common, as those charged must be given a fair and thorough trial, with no room for malpractice.
It is sincerely hoped that the legal authorities will ensure that the case is now handled swiftly and with full transparency, that correct procedures are being followed, and that no stone is left unturned as we approach the new trial date of October 29.
The new scheduled date should not be treated as just another deadline docked for inevitable delay.
The death of any citizen is a tragedy that demands justice from our legal system. The Oyasiqur murder was part of a series of murders that hit at the spirit of the nation, and as such, it is all the more important to get a move on these trials.
The families of the victim need closure, and deserve justice. Without justice, the healing cannot begin.