WikiLeaks: 1/11 rulers arrested 15,000 for corruption in two weeks

This cable describing the first two weeks of military-backed caretaker government was sent to Washington by then US ambassador Patricia A Butenis. The 15,000 people arrested by police, army, and other security personnel since January 11 include established criminals as well as local and student leaders of both the Awami League and especially the Bangladesh … Continue reading

WikiLeaks: Gen Zia’s first address as DCMLA

This cable was sent by the US envoy in Dhaka Boster on May 3, 1976 describing what Gen Ziaur Rahman told a May Day rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. In a hastily scheduled rally on May Day, General Ziaur Rahman gave a rousing patriotic speech calling once more for unity and discipline to safeguard the sovereignty … Continue reading

WikiLeaks: Mushtaque was desperate to get US recognition

After assuming office following the assassination of Sheikh Mujib, Khandkar Mushtaque and then US envoy Davis Eugene Boster met at Bangabhaban where the president urged for US recognition to stay safe from Indian intervention. Boster sent this CONFIDENTIAL cable to Washington on August 20, 1975. In my first meeting with president Mushtaque Ahmed today, called at … Continue reading

WikiLeaks: Army shakeup after Sheikh Mujib killing

This confidential cable was sent by then US envoy Boster from Dhaka to Washington on August 25, 1975. An extensive shakeup at the top levels of the Bangladesh Army was announced last night (August 24). The chief of army staff (COAS), Major General KM Shafiullah, was replaced by the deputy COAS, Major General Ziaur Rahman; … Continue reading

Mass violence before and after Sayedee verdict last year

From a rally at Motijheel on February 4 last year, the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir threatened to wage war against the government if its top leaders facing war crimes charges were convicted. They also spoke against the trial procedure terming it politically-motivated. Everything happened in front of the police. … Continue reading

WikiLeaks: Yunus in 2009 urged US to mediate with Awami League

Here is the verbatim of a cable sent to Washington by Chargé d’Affaires Nicholas Dean on Yunus and Awami League government. Only the sections have been rearranged. Date: November 30, 2009. Title: BANGLADESH PM REMAINS COOL TOWARD NOBEL LAUREATE (CONFIDENTIAL) Ambassador weighs in with Prime Minister ¶5. (C) Fearing GOB displeasure with him would jeopardize Grameen Bank … Continue reading