Jamaat-e-Islami leader indicted in Bangladesh over 1971 war crimes

Ali,a member of Jamaat central executive committee,has also been charged with killing.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Dhaka | Published: September 6, 2013 4:50 am

Fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader and media doyen Mir Quasem Ali was Thursday indicted by a special Bangladeshi tribunal on charges of “crimes against humanity” committed during the 1971 liberation war.

“The hearing will begin on September 30,” chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 Justice A T M Fazle Kabir said while indicting Ali on 14 specific charges,including mass murders,abductions,torture and massacre.

Ali,a member of Jamaat central executive committee,has also been charged with killing eight persons and torturing at least 27 people in Chittagong during the war. Prosecutors said he was the third man in the command structure of the then notorious al-Badr militia,manned mainly by the student wing of the extreme righting party to operate as a secret killing group in 1971 siding with the Pakistani troops. They also accused him of preparing a list of leading intellectuals who were killed towards the end of the war.

Ali is a director of the Islami Bank and director of the NGO Rabita al-Alam al-Islami and chairman of Diganta Media Corporation that owns a TV channel and a newspaper. After independence,Ali fled to Saudi Arabia and returned home after the August 15,1971 coup toppled the post independence government by killing Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members.

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