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Friday, 19 September 2008

The Truth Commission is failing to attract politicians and business barons for whom it was all meant, chairman Habibur Rahman Khan said Wednesday, reports

"Since they are not coming, we are not progressing much," Khan told a press briefing.
"We have received 230 petitions in the one and a half months. We have heard 70 individuals.
"Of them, 25 have been ordered to deposit nearly Tk 15.50 crore to the national exchequer," Khan said.
Two files have been sent to the National Committee on Serious Crimes, he said. "These two did not ask for clemency. Moreover, their statements and papers did not tally."
Khan said most of the 230 were government or semi-government officers and employees. "Very few of them are First Class officers."
On allegation that those seeking clemency were being harassed, the former judge said: "But not as much as in other organisations."
When asked whether son and son-in-law of former adviser Justice Fazlul Huq petitioned, he did not confirm the name but said two relatives of a former judge sought to be referred to the Commission.

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