War crime charges against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader

By AFP
Published: July 12, 2011

Sayedee is detained along with other war crime suspects from his Jamaat-e-Islami party. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

DHAKA: Bangladeshi prosecutors have filed war crime charges against an Islamic leader, accusing him of genocide, murder and rape during the country’s 1971 liberation struggle, officials said Tuesday.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior official of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party, has been also accused of “crimes against humanity, looting, arson and forcible conversion to Islam”, said chief prosecutor Ghulam Arif Tipoo.

“We have submitted the charges against Sayedee to the International Crimes Tribunal. The investigators have completed their job and we have found compelling evidences of war crimes,” Tipoo said.

The tribunal, a Bangladeshi special court created last year to try people suspected of atrocities during the independence campaign from Pakistan, will hold a hearing on Thursday to access the charges, he said.

The government has said some three million people were killed during the nine-month long struggle. Independent researchers put the figure much less.

A citizens’ group that has investigated the conflict has identified 1,775 people, including Pakistani generals and members of local religious groups, as complicit in the atrocities.

Sayedee is detained along with other war crime suspects from his Jamaat-e-Islami party and from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

The BNP and Jamaat have dismissed the tribunal as a government “show trial”.

The New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch said Tuesday the rules being used by the tribunal to prosecute war crime suspects fall short of international standards.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Ezekial
    Jul 12, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Finally!

    Jamaat i Islami in Pakistan should also be put in the docks for crimes against peace in Pakistan.

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  • Ejaz Akazai
    Jul 13, 2011 - 1:09AM

    Let the government agencies finish off with MQM and ANP in Karachi first, then we can consider other small peace breakers in Pakistan.

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  • Noni Pah
    Jul 13, 2011 - 7:40AM

    They are political parties, of like your Terrorist RSS , Mr. BANYA.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 13, 2011 - 7:56AM

    Find out all the active terrorist from Al-badar and Al-shams and roast them. In 1971 they had license to kill anyone they please to.

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  • Mirza
    Jul 13, 2011 - 8:23AM

    These terrorists traitor rats have lived long enough, it is about time they should be brought to justice. Better late than never!

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  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Jul 13, 2011 - 10:58AM

    When I was a kid, I used to hear my grandmother (who stays in Bangladesh) say, “Muslims are peace loving people but the Jamaat-i-s are notorious and I just can’t stand them”.

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  • Mahmood
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:44PM

    its not necessary that the convecttion is ture, let the court to decide. who ever is guilty, must be punished, either muslim or non muslim.
    why shouldnt we take all the parties in court,, are they all innocent.?

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  • woohoo
    Jul 14, 2011 - 7:37PM

    @Noni Pah:

    Sir, you keep referring Indians as “banya”. I am curious as to where you acquired this wonderful knowledge of Indian society!! BTW, do you even know what “banya” means?

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  • razia
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:03PM

    How come writer didn’t mention about pakistani army’s and bangladesh jamat e islams brutal RAPE against bangladeshi women?????

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 14, 2011 - 9:30PM

    @razia:
    Thinking of, but you are absolutely right as Military has paid no more than a slap of shoe on General Niazi’s head, they deserve much more.

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  • md abdul kader didar
    Aug 9, 2011 - 3:01PM

    its fine job

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  • md abdul kader didar
    Aug 9, 2011 - 3:03PM

    its very nice work ……..

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