Bangladesh issues warrants for Jamaat Islami leaders

Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal probing in the war of independence nearly 40 years ago issued arrest warrants for genocide suspects, a court official said.

Bangladesh issues warrants for Jamaat Islami leaders

 

Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal probing in the war of independence nearly 40 years ago issued its first arrest warrants for genocide suspects on Monday, a court official said.

Jamaat denies any of its leaders were involved in war crimes and has dismissed possible war crimes prosecutions as a political witch-hunt.

The warrants targeted four senior leaders of Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami, who are accused of collaborating with Pakistan to prevent Bangladesh declaring independence.

"We have gathered significant evidence that these four Jamaat leaders were involved in war crimes during the 1971 liberation war," prosecutor Abdur Rahman Howlader claimed.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who returned to power in January 2009, pledged to try "war criminals" after polls that ended two years of rule by an army-backed interim authority.

Police last week filed charges at the special war crimes tribunal in Dhaka against the Jamaat leaders.

Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, his deputy Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, and two other key leaders, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Mollah, were detained last month on charges ranging from obstructing police to sedition.

The war began after tens of thousands of people were killed in the capital Dhaka when Pakistan launched Operation Searchlight, a brutal campaign intended to deter Bangladeshis from seeking independence.
 

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