Saturday, March 12, 2005

ANALYSIS: How valid it is to ask for FBI probe in Bangladesh for Kibria Murder?

The introduction to foreign investigation body in Bangladesh can lead to a federal discrimination. Because, Bangladesh can’t afford FBI investigation for every single murder committed. The only way to do this is abolishing the local one and give the charge to a foreign investigation body which is obviously out of question.

How valid it is to ask for FBI probe in Bangladesh for Kibria Murder?
Asif Sibgat Bhuiyan

But otherwise it will appear that the state only care about the protection and welfare of the high profile personalities of the high society. Can a state really work in this fashion creating a path to a “transparent” discrimination ?

Asma Kibria, the bereaved wife of the slain diplomat turned politician Dr. Shah AMS Kibria, has lately demanded an FBI probe on the grenade attack in Habiganj which killed 5 men including her husband. Her son Dr. Reza Kibria and daughter Dr. Nazli Kibria both have staged similar demands while addressing different foreign and national platforms.

Asma Kibria said , “I will not shift my stance an inch in ensuring independent probe into the killing and fair trial of my husband’s killers.”

A renowned artist, Mrs. Kibria , further added that she is not going to trust in the local effort in this regard. According to her the local body is neither skilled nor it is free from the influence of the power quarters.

Nazli Kibria , the daughter of the late finance minister, told that US state department is willing to send FBI here to investigate but the lack of proper terms of reference with the local government is working as a barrier. Dr, Reza Kibria further added that they have no trust in the “sincere will” of the government.

Undoubtedly, every concerned citizen of Bangladesh wants to see a thorough and successful investigation in this matter and wants to see that steps have been taken to uproot the base of such criminal acts. And nobody can deny the alleged lack of skill and transparency of the local probe body on certain occassions.

However, the lack of efficiency and transparency is often a common phenomenon found in many investigative body almost everywhere in the third world where the standard for police investigation is low.

But even then, it is not beyond reason to ask how valid it is to demand for an FBI probe in Bangladesh for a single case of murder.

Firstly, the introduction to foreign investigation body in Bangladesh can lead to a federal discrimination. Because, Bangladesh can’t afford FBI investigation for every single murder committed. The only way to do this is abolishing the local one and give the charge to a foreign investigation body which is obviously out of question.

But otherwise it will appear that the state only care about the protection and welfare of the high profile personalities of the high society. Can a state really work in this fashion creating a path to a “transparent” discrimination ?

Secondly, The introduction of FBI itself in the state is not an idea much welcomable. A state can’t sacrifice the bigger interest of it to satiate a smaller interest. To ensure the state security as a whole is the top most priority of a government.

Giving free access to FBI is not another bread and butter in the basket. Once this ‘culture’ starts it can harm the state security in the shape of giving away state secrets and confidential information to foreign bodies, let that be FBI or Interpol or any other body.

Thirdly, hunting down the killers of state sensational killers is not a cakewalk. Foreign agencies, including FBI, CIA, now defunct KGB, Interpol, Mossad etc all have their personal failures in finding killers of different high profile murders. The latest example includes the mission for hunting down the biggest killer and terrorist of US’s history Osama Bin Laden.

If we accept the fact that US intelligence agencies are having hard time finding the worst killer of their history, why we cannot accept the fact that Bangladeshi agencies are having hard time finding killers of people like Kibria? Can bringing foreign investigators guarantee anything, when those foreign bodies have failures of their own?

And in recent times, we did invite FBI, Interpol experts to aid our investigators in grenade attack probes on UK High Commissioner. From media reports we have seen that those probes were inconclusive.

Having all sympathy towards the Kibria family and their desperate quest for hunting down the killers of their father/husband, we can still conclude that the family should look at things not only from a family perspective but more from a state level one.

Specially when they have started the peace rally naming ‘blue for peace’, which to us is a praiseworthy altruistic effort.

But an altruistic scheme should always stem from an altruistic motto. There are many bereaved family that are in need of justice but are not just getting the required exposure that the Kibria family is blessed with.

A proper claim can be the renovating and re-enforcing of the local probe. Because that is what to be done to seal or atleast to fight out this mesmerizing problem of political hooliganism. Ridding of problem by introducing another one is not a healthy practice, that too when the latter one can be proved to be more grievous than the previous one.

If the medicine of a strong cold gives u a cancer , then u can always decide to switch to alternatives and if not any then decide to coexist with the cold.

Inviting foreign probe may proved to be a long-term liability. A liability unavoidable.