Bangladesh police kill two in court protest

Police in Bangladesh clashed with protesters denouncing war crimes trials linked to the country's 1971 independence war, killing two demonstrators

Bangladesh police kill two in court protest

World Bulletin/News Desk

Bangladesh police fired live rounds on Saturday in fresh clashes with supporters of the country's largest Islamic party whose leaders are standing trial for war crimes, killing two people.

Police fired live rounds after up to 5,000 activists in Pabna town, killing two people and injuring about 30.

According to the police at least 12 policemen were also injured during the clashes.
Jamaat said that police shot dead unarmed protesters.
Jamaat-e-Islami party called a half-day strike in Pabna district to protest against attacks by ruling party supporters on its members and offices on Friday.

Two independent United Nations human rights experts said, Bangladesh war crimes trials are not being held in a due process, voicing concern at recent sentences for Islamic leaders.

Some reports say defendants are already clear to be executed in 26 March 2013, despite repeated denials of govt, saying the trial has yet to conclude.

The International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced Abdul Kalam Azad to death, following a trial conducted in absentia that did not provide for all the guarantees of a fair trial and due process, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said in a statement.

Then on 5 February, the Tribunal sentenced Abdul Kader Molla to life imprisonment. Judicial proceedings are underway in several other cases and there is a risk that the defendants could also be sentenced to death.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 initiated the trials. Jamaat-e-Islami — a key partner in a former Bangladeshi government — says the charges are politically motivated.

Bangladesh became part of Pakistan at the end of British occupation in 1947 but it broke away from Pakistan in 1971 after a war between Bangladeshi nationalists, who were backed by India, and Pakistani forces. Some factions in Bangladesh opposed the break with Pakistan.

Jamaat-e-Islami was a key partner in the former government of Khaleda Zia, a longtime political rival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Zia has called the tribunal a farce, while Hasina has urged Zia to stop backing those she says fought against independence.

Last Mod: 23 Şubat 2013, 16:05
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