Bangladesh opposition leader to be arrested for war crimesMarch 27th, 2011 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, March 27 (IANS) Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal Sunday ordered the arrest of a former minister who, according to a charge-sheet, was involved in the killing of over 10,000 civilians during the 1971 freedom movement.
Abdul Alim, a minister in the government of slain president Ziaur Rahman, has been charged with involvement in the killing of over 10,000 people with assistance from an Islamist militia - called Razzakars - and Pakistani forces, according to The Daily Star.
Alim will join senior opposition leader Salahuddin Qauder Chowdhury who was accused of similar offences and is now in jail. Both belong to main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Besides the two, five senior leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamist party, are in jail on charges of targeting unarmed civilians during the freedom movement.
They were charged with leading or organising attacks by the Pakistani army and Islamist militias Al Shams, Al Bard and the Razzakars.
The attacks have been dubbed “war crimes”. Over three million people died during the nine-month-long freedom movement.
The tribunal, a panel of three judges, adjourned till April 5 the hearing on a petition by prosecutors seeking permission to interrogate detained Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami in connection with the war crimes case.
- War crimes trial divides Bangladesh opposition - Mar 29, 2011
- Bangladesh tribunal denies bail to 'war crimes' accused - Apr 21, 2011
- No 1971 trial details to media, rules Dhaka panel - May 25, 2011
- Protests planned in US against Dhaka's war crimes trial - Jan 02, 2011
- Bangladesh changes rules to detain 1971 war criminals - Nov 02, 2010
- Bangladesh moves against Islamists for 1971 killings - Jul 15, 2010
- Dhaka's Islamist leader admits after 40 years: 'It was genocide' - May 05, 2011
- Another Islamist leader to face 'war crimes' trial - Aug 04, 2010
- Dhaka Islamist leaders jailed for 1971 `war crimes' - Aug 02, 2010
- Dhaka gets tough with Islamists on 40th Victory Day - Dec 16, 2010
- Top BNP leader faces arrest for targeting Hindus - Sep 26, 2010
- Fight Indian pressure: Dhaka Jamaat leader - Apr 16, 2010
- Dhaka court rejects Jamaat challenge to war tribunal judges - Jul 27, 2010
- We will wait, watch: Jamaat on war crimes trial - Mar 26, 2010
- Dhaka may arrest top Islamist leader for war crimes - Jan 30, 2011
Tags: al bard, bangladesh nationalist party, bangladesh nationalist party bnp, chowdhury, daily star, freedom movement, international crimes, islamist party, militia, militias, nizami, opposition leader, pakistani army, petition, prosecutors, shams, tribunal, unarmed civilians, war crimes case