Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader to death for war crimes

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  1. Ash

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    DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced an Islamist party leader to death on Thursday, the third verdict by the court set up to investigate abuses during the country's independence war, and two people were killed in protests by his supporters.

    Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, lawyers and tribunal officials said.

    The religious party, known as Jamaat, called for a day-long countrywide strike in anticipation of the verdict against Sayedee, the third senior party member convicted by the tribunal.

    Police said at least two people were killed and dozens injured in clashes between Jamaat activists and police. Disturbances were expected to spread, police said.

    In the capital, authorities deployed extra police and members of a rapid response force and put paramilitary soldiers on standby, a Home Ministry official told reporters.

    Thousands of people in the capital's Shahbag square, who support the tribunal and have been protesting for weeks to demand the "highest penalty" for war criminals, burst into cheers as the verdict was announced.

    Sayedee looked defiant and remained calm in the dock as it was read out, witnesses said.

    "I didn't commit any crime and the judges are not giving the verdict from the core of their heart," Sayedee told the court.

    "They are submitting to the excessive pressure from Shahbag," he said, referring to the protests backing the tribunal.

    State prosecutor Haider Ali told reporters he was happy with the verdict which he said "appropriately demonstrated justice".

    Defence attorney Abdur Razzak said the sentence was politically motivated. "He is a victim of sheer injustice. We will appeal," he said.

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    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up the tribunal in 2010 to investigate abuses during the independence war that claimed about 3 million lives and during which thousands of women were raped.

    The tribunal has been criticised by rights groups for failing to adhere to international standards of due process. Human Rights Watch cited defence lawyers, witnesses and investigators as saying they had been threatened.

    Critics say the tribunal is being used by the prime minister as an instrument against her opponents in the two biggest opposition parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami. Begum Khaleda Zia, Hasina's arch rival and leader of the BNP, has called the tribunal a "farce".

    Hasina's party has denied allegations of bias.

    On January 21, the tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad, a former Jamaat member to death in absentia after he was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the independence war.

    In its second verdict, on February 5, the tribunal sentenced another senior Jamaat member, Abdul Quader Mollah, 64, to life in prison after he was found guilty of charges including murder, rape, torture and arson.

    Both of the verdicts sparked protests by Jamaat supporters.

    But those protests incited larger counter-demonstrations by supporters of the tribunal demanding death sentences for all those responsible for abuses during the war.

    At least 14 people have been killed in days of protests by both sides across the country that have followed.

    Another nine people are awaiting trial, most of them Jamaat members.

    Bangladesh became part of Pakistan at the end of British colonial rule in 1947. But the country then known as East Pakistan won independence with India's help in December 1971 following a nine-month war against the then West Pakistan.

    Some factions in Bangladesh opposed the break with Pakistan, including the Jamaat. Jamaat leaders have denied involvement in abuses.
     
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  3. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    Well done BD. Get rid of JI and BNP.
     
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    good. Bangladesh government should make them confess on videotape about the things they did and broadcast it on TV.
     
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    Good news .... congrats to BD!.Its good to see the govt not bending to appease the people or not taking popularistic measures for political gains I think right wing fanatics from all there countries should be executed for the betterment of the sub-continent .
     
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    Sentencing a 73-year-old to death for alleged crimes committed in 1971
    to trigger more rifts and bloodshed?

    Don't get why the hurray?!

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    Bangladesh is a true secular country than India.
    Internet jamaatis are having a heartburn
     
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    Nothing new n exciting current Bangladeshi PM Sheikh hasina is a hard core rival of all Islamist-Jammati parties in Bangladeshi Landscape.....Something like how our desi Congress-RSS relationship stands 2day......
     
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    I presume for the same reason why Eichman, who was not young, was sentenced to death, the same way as many other Nazi war criminals including one of World War II's most sadistic Nazis, Laszlo Csatary, lived openly in Budapest in recent years, but has apparently slipped into hiding as an international manhunt closed in on him and was hunted down and arrested.

    Laszlo Csatary, now 97, has been convicted in absentia and sentenced to death for his role in sending nearly 16,000 Jews to their deaths.
     
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    Think it this way. If you had some chinese collaborators who assisted Japan
    during Nanjing massacre, will you forgive them no matter what?
     
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    What an inappropriate analogy!!

    Let me draw u to the context

    1) Back then BD was part of Pakistan. Jamaat was against break fm PAK. Reconciliation should hv bn encouraged among diff. factions after almost 40yrs though Jamaat could hv bn on the "wrong" side of history.

    2) The tribunal being used by PM as an instrument against her opponents - typically in a 3rd world populist "democracy".

    3) 14 killed in protests, meaning the sentence has further enlarged the divide inside BD society thus detrimental to their internal stability.

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    Let me give you some info

    1) Why was Jamaat against the break up from Pak which was slaughtering and raping their own SDRE fellas?
    The Jamaatis are staunchly anti-Hindu and massacred and raped many of them including BD muslims during 1971 so they had to
    take refuge in India. Jamaat men torch Hindu temple, houses in Noakhali; 2 killed.

    2) Yeah, Hasina is using this opportunity for wrong reasons. But they should be hanged for their horrendous war crimes.

    3) Update: 30 killed in protests till now. They should have hanged him in private just like we did with our scum.

    Again, the violence in south asian region has got a lot to do with religion.
     
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    Violence grips Bangladesh after war crimes verdict, 32 killed

    Violence grips Bangladesh after war crimes verdict, 32 killed - The Times of India

    DHAKA: Bangladesh was on the boil today as at least 32 people, including three policemen, were killed and scores injured in violence after a top leader of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami was sentenced to death for " crimes against humanity " during the 1971 liberation war.

    The violence followed the verdict of the special Bangladeshi tribunal that handed down death penalty to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the party, amid a nationwide shutdown called by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

    "He (Delwar Hossain Sayedee) will behanged by neck till he is dead," pronounced chairman of the three-judge International Crimes Tribunal Justice A T M Fazle Kabir.

    The court verdict triggered street violence across the country leaving at least 32 people dead, authorities said.

    The victims included the cops , activists of Jamaat, Shibir, Juba League and common people.

    Of the deceased, six people, includingthree cops, were killed in Gaibandha, four in Thakurgaon, three in Satkhira, two each in Rangpur, Noakhali, Chittagong, Moulvibazar and Sirajganj while one each in Dinajpur, Natore, Cox's Bazar and Chapainawabganj.

    Five deaths were also reported from other parts of the country.

    Meanwhile, JI has called a 48-hour nationwide hartal from Sunday protesting death penalty for Sayedee.

    Amiruzzaman, Jamaat chief of Chittagong (North) said the party would organise special prayers tomorrow and stage protest rallies on Saturday across the country.

    Sayedee is the third JI politician to beconvicted by the Tribunal since the trial of war crimes suspects, mostly belonging to the Islamist group , began three years ago.

    In the first verdict in January, former Jamaat leader Abul Kalam Azad was sentenced to death on similar charges.

    Another Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in February for atrocities during the war.

    Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamic party in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, was opposed to the 1971 liberation war when officially 3million people were killed and 200,000 women were raped.
     
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    How is taking action against collaborators and those who raped and committed atrocities and murder are political opponents?

    This was long overdue and was enacted, but for vote bank politics was kept in the cold storage till now.
     
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    bann Tapatalk :powah!:
     
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    Jamaatis wreak havoc in Bangladesh, kill 19 after top leader sentenced to death

    Jamaatis wreak havoc in Bangladesh, kill 19 after top leader sentenced to death | Niti Central

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    The Wahhabi influence with abundant Saudi money is the worse thing that could happen to the Islamic world and the world.

    It is only doing down the name of Islam and antagonising people who were totally unconcerned before!
     
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    Bangladesh riots leave 42 dead, paramilitary forces deployed

    Dhaka: Bangladesh today deployed paramilitary border guards to beef up security after a top Islamist opposition leader was sentenced to death, sparking nationwide riots that killed at least 42 people.

    “Our troops were deployed in 15 troubled districts in aide of civil administration… BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) has been kept alert so it could move immediately wherever they are required,” BGB chief major General Aziz Ahmed told PTI.

    The violence broke out yesterday after 73-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), was sentenced to death by International Crimes Tribunal after he was found guilty of eight counts out of 20 involving rape, mass killings and atrocities during the nine-month freedom war against Pakistan in 1971.

    A police spokesman, meanwhile, said law enforcement agencies were on high alert as Jamaat and Sayedee’s supporters planned more protests today.

    Authorities feared that the JI activists might launch attacks on mosques during the Friday prayers.

    Tens of thousands of youngsters, joined by 1971 veterans and ruling Awami League supporters, took to the streets in Dhaka and other major cities yesterday to celebrate the verdict against Sayedee.

    Violence erupted as activists of JI clashed with security forces, denouncing the judgement.

    They also clashed rival activists, beat to death four policemen, attacked their camps and snatched away their weapons, set ablaze offices of the ruling Awami League at their strongholds at different places across the country.

    The four policemen were killed in north-western Gaibandha, one of the worst scenes of the violence, where fresh unrest today left one ruling Awami League activist dead.

    Sayedee is the third JI politician to be convicted by the Tribunal since the trial of war crimes suspects, mostly belonging to the Islamist group, began three years ago.

    In the first verdict in January, former Jamaat leader
    Abul Kalam Azad was sentenced to death on similar charges.

    Another Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in February for atrocities during the war.

    The JI, Muslim-majority Bangladesh’s largest Islamic bloc, was opposed to the 1971 liberation war when officially 3 million people were killed and 200,000 women were raped.

    A local journalist said JI activists beat an Awami League supporter to death after the ruling party men vandalised several shops belonging to the extreme rightwing party to retaliate yesterday’s attacks.

    Meanwhile, railway officials said south-eastern Chittagong port city’s train link with Dhaka and north-eastern Sylhet were remained snapped as suspected JI activists uprooted fishplates of railway tracks last night.

    “Six compartments of an intercity train were derailed as they (suspected activists) uprooted the fishplates on Dhaka-Chittagong route…fortunately no casualty was reported as the train slowed down as it was entering a nearby station at Feni,” a railway police official said.

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    Jamaat men torch Hindu Temple, houses in Noakhali; 2 killed

    Hours after Jamaat top leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death, Jamaat and Shibir activists set fire to a Temple and houses of Hindu community at different parts of Noakhali on Thursday.Two people were killed as the activists clashed with law enforcers at different points of the district town, reports our Noakhali correspondent.

    Md Khokon, 17, a tempo helper, received a bullet wound in the clash around 3:45pm, locals said. Doctors pronounced Khokon dead after he was rushed to Noakhali Medical College Hospital at 4:00pm, said medical sources.

     
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    Bangladesh clashes over war crimes verdicts kill 52

    Bangladesh clashes over war crimes verdicts kill 52 - The Times of India

    DHAKA: Fresh clashes erupted on Friday in Bangladesh , bringing the number of people killed to 52 in violence triggered by convictions for Islamist leaders over war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war.

    A rickshawpuller was killed after hundreds of pro-government supporters and followers of the rival Jamaat-e-Islami party clashed with sticks at a marketin the northern district of Gaibandha,local police chief Nahidul Islam said.

    Security has been tightened around thousands of mosques across the Muslim-majority nation ahead of weekly prayers on Friday, with border guards deployed in major cities.

    On Thursday, clashes flared across the country after Jamaat's vice president was found guilty of murder, religious persecution and rape by a war crimes tribunal hearing cases dating back to the 1971 independence conflict.

    Delwar Hossain Sayedee , now a firebrand preacher, was the third person to be convicted by the court whose previous verdicts have been met with outrage from Islamists who say the process is more about settling scores than delivering justice.

    At least 35 people were killed in the violence on Thursday, according to an AFP toll compiled after talking to police in the 15 districts where protests turned deadly.

    A policeman was the latest to die of his wounds, raising the number of security personnel killed to five.

    Twenty-three of those killed on Thursday were shot after police opened fire on thousands of rampaging Jamaat supporters who attacked law-enforcers with sticks and stones.

    According to Sultana Kamal, head of rights group Ain O Salish Kendra, it was the deadliest political day of violence in the impoverished country's history since winning its independence from Pakistan in 1971.

    The latest death on Friday brought the overall toll to 52 since the tribunal delivered its first verdict on January 21.

    Jamaat, which rejected the verdict aspolitically motivated, has said 50 of its "innocent" supporters were on Thursday shot dead by police who"hunted them like birds".

    But Kamal blamed Jamaat supportersfor "terror" attacks on the police.

    Police on Friday have banned a number of planned demonstrations at several trouble spots while authorities in the country's biggest mosque, Baitul Mokarram, have locked some of the gates in a bid to limit numbers.

    Security has been stepped up at Hindu villages after homes and temples came under attack by Islamists in the southern Noakhali and Chittagong districts, killing one old Hindu man, police said.

    "We've (deployed) extra policemen in all the temples and Hindu areas to prevent attack," said Robiul Islam, a senior police officer in Chittagong.

    Secular protesters, who erupted in jubilation as news of Sayedee's sentence filtered through on Thursday, are set to hold a celebration rally in a central Dhaka intersection.

    The war crimes tribunal has been tainted by controversies and allegations that it is targeting only the opposition with trumped-up charges. Rights groups say its legal procedures fall short of international standards.

    The government rejects the accusations, saying the tribunal is independent and the trials are fair and necessary to heal the wounds of the war that it says killed three million people.

    It accuses Jamaat leaders of being part of pro-Pakistani militias blamed for much of the 1971 carnage.

    Independent estimates put the war toll much lower, between 300,000 and 500,000.
     

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