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Bangladesh oppositon leader gets death penalty
 

By AP

July 17, 2013 - Updated 1448 PKT
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DHAKA: A special tribunal sentenced a senior leader of the Jammat-e-Islami to death on Wednesday for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

 

The verdict came in a packed courtroom in the capital, Dhaka, in presence of defendant Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, the secretary-general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party. The tribunal found him guilty of kidnapping and killing a journalist, a music director and a number of other people.

 

Mojaheed faces seven charges including genocide, murder, conspiracy and complicity in atrocities during the war. He is accused of leading a notorious group that during the war kidnapped and killed many teachers, journalists and writers who supported the cause for independence.

 

But the court said five charges were proven beyond doubt, while the prosecution failed to prove two other charges.

 

The defense attorneys said they would appeal the verdict.

 

Two tribunals dealing with the war crimes have already delivered five verdicts against three incumbent leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and a former chief and another expelled man of the party. Jamaat-e-Islami and its leaders had openly campaigned against the creation of Bangladesh.

 

To denounce the verdict, Jamaat-e-Islami enforced a daylong general strike across the country on Wednesday. No major violence was reported. The party indicated that it might extend the general strike to Thursday if Mojaheed was sentenced to death.

 

Protests over previous verdicts have turned deadly.

 

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed the tribunal in 2010 amid criticism from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party, led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has said the tribunal is meant to weaken the opposition. Jamaat-e-Islami is the main political ally of Zia's party, and shared two posts in the Cabinet during Zia's latest premiership in 2001-2006.

 

Hasina's government says it had pledged before the 2008 election to prosecute those responsible for war crimes. A political alliance led by Hasina's Awami League party won the election with a two-third majority.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
SHAME ON BANGA DESH.THEY ARE FOLLOWING INDIAN POLICY AND ARE GUIDED BY INDIA AS DONE BY BANGLA DESHIS DURING WAR AGAINST PAKISTA WE STRONGLY CONDEM THE ACT OF BIASED AND UNPATRIOTIC COURT

SAEED
United Kingdom
It seems Bangladesh is heading toward its "Oct 1999" like in Pakistan where Sharif's two third majority was toppled by Musharaf.

Yousapzai
USA
This is what happens when you go against the popular will of the people. I urge pakistani islamist just to accept that in pakistan popular will is that they dont want islam imposed on them. A good proof of that is they allways elect highly corrupt people and they never ever rise up against corruption, because they are corrupt themself.

qamar
USA
This is a landmark judgement. This verdict projects Sheikh Hasina government's will to fight and neutralise the communal factions within the country. During the trial the attrocities inflicted by the Jamaat-e-Islami has been exposed. This is a major step in calming down the communal forces in the region at large.

Indranil
India
It is shocking that this person kidnapped and killed Bangladesh seekers of independence.

MS
USA
 
 
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