The Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh has protested at the release of a list of war criminals naming a number of its leaders in it.
The convenor of the War Crimes Facts Finding Committee, MA Hasan, released a list of 1,597 war criminals at a news conference in Dhaka on Thursday.
The Jamaat leaders, including its incumbent amir Matiur Rahman Nizami and ex-amir Ghulam Azam, were named in the list.
In a statement on Friday, Jamaat publicity secretary M Tasnim Alam said releasing of such list is tantamount to taking law in own hand and it is contrary to democracy, international human rights, justice, civility and courtesy.
Hasan has no right to implicate Jamaat leaders as war criminals, he said. ‘Only the country’s highest court can declare anyone as war criminal. No individual, agency or organisation has any such right.’
The Jamaat leader accused Hasan of echoing the ‘provocative remarks made by an Indian intellectual, Hironmoy Karlekar, and Indian retired army general Jacob demanding trial of war criminals.’
He called upon the people to beware of the ‘deep conspiracy’ being hatched against the country.