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The war crimes tribunal convicted in absentia and sentenced to death two former leaders of the Al-Badr force, a subgroup of the Jamaat-e-Islami that was involved in the kidnapping, torture, and execution of over 200 Bangladeshi intellectuals during the country's war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. One of the men, Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, a founder of the Muslim Council of Britain and now a UK citizen, serves as a trustee of Muslim Aid in London. The other man, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, now a US citizen, became chief of a New York branch of Islami Circle of North America. Neither of the two is likely to be punished, as the UK will not deport persons to a country where they have been sentenced to death, and the US has no extradition treaty with Bangladesh.
A war crimes tribunal sentenced Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a top member of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, to death after convicting him of torture, rape, and genocide during the war with Pakistan in 1971. The defense plans to appeal.
The Supreme Court sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Kader Mullah to death, rejecting an appeal against the the life sentence handed down in February by a war crimes tribunal. The Jamaat-e-Islami, which was banned in July, has called for a nationwide strike tomorrow.
Four Bangladeshi bloggers who claim to be atheists have been charged with defaming Islam and face prison sentences of up to seven years. About 200 activists from Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, clashed with police in Rajshahi; at least 10 people were injured, including a journalist. Another Shibir protest was foiled in Dhaka.
Canada said it would close its embassy in Dhaka on Sunday, Aug. 4, as a security precaution. Local Government and Rural Development Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said that even though the high court has ruled that the registration of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was illegal, the government has no plans to ban the party, and the party can legalize its registration if certain conditions are met.
The high court in Dhaka ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami party is illegal because it is against secularism. The decision, which the JI plans to appeal, would prevent the Islamist party from slating candidates in the general election early next year.
The country's war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami politician Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to death. Mujahid led a militia responsible for the deaths of intellectuals and other leaders who supported the country's independence from Pakistan; as many as 3 million people are said to have died during the nine-month war of secession. At least two people were killed in clashes with police as thousands demonstrated against the life sentence imposed on Jamaat leader Ghulam Azam.
The country's war crimes tribunal sentenced 91-year-old Ghulam Azam, former head of the Jaamat-e-Islami, to life in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. In its ruling, the court called Jaamat a "criminal organization" and suggested that "no such anti-liberation people should be allowed to sit at the helm of executives of the government, social or political parties, including government and non-government organisations." Jamaat, the country's main Islamist party, called a daylong strike, and supporters clashed with police in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Comilla, Bagerhat, and Barishal.
A court sentenced 10 members of the banned Islamist group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to death for assisting with a suicide bombing at a lawyers' association office in Gazipur in 2005 that killed nine people and injured at least 100 more. JMB founder Sheikh Abdur Rahman and five other leaders of the group were hanged in March 2007 after a government crackdown.
The death toll from clashes between rioting Islamist protesters and police around Dhaka has risen to 45, including five policemen. Hundreds of people have been injured during the protests, which began several days ago but are now said to have largely subsided. Security has been beefed up in the capital and around major mosques across the country.
As many as 200,000 Islamist protesters blocked roads into the capital of Dhaka, demanding the adoption of a blasphemy law. Clashes between police and rioting protesters killed at least three people and injured 60 more. The protest was organized by the newly-formed radical group Hifazat-e-Islam, which wants the death penalty for anyone who defames Islam. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has implemented many of the protesters' demands and is working on others, and noted the arrest of four bloggers for comments against the Prophet Muhammad.
The country's war crimes tribunal indicted British Muslim leader Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin for crimes against humanity and genocide during the 1971 war with Pakistan. He is alleged to have helped organize the killing of the top intellectuals in Bangladesh. He is an influential figure in British Muslim circles and helped set up the Muslim Council of Britain. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Also indicted today on the same charges was US citizen Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who is believed to be in New York.
Over 100,000 Islamists marched to the capital city of Dhaka demanding the death of several bloggers for allegedly defaming Islam. The rally was organized by the Hefajat-e-Islam, which is calling for the enactment of a blasphemy law. Four bloggers were arrested earlier this week on charges of hurting Islamic religious sentiment, and the government has begun monitoring social media for blasphemy.
Police arrested a Jamaat-e-Islami official for inciting recent attacks on Hindus and temples in Chittagong. Court testimony implicated Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami leader Mufti Abdul Hannan in the Bamna Ratamul bombings in 2001 that killed 10 people; five of the 14 suspects in the case remain at large.
Protesters from Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir vandalized a patriotic monument in Rangpur, continuing their violent campaign across the country; over 50 people have been killed since Feb. 28. An intelligence official warned of Islamist terror threats in Dhaka. The opposition BNP party, a Jamaat ally, plans to set up countrywide "committees for public safety" to protect the opposition movement.