Jamaat shouts at listing of war criminals

Dhaka Correspondent

Dhaka Correspondent

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.


197 Responses to “Jamaat shouts at listing of war criminals”

  1. NiRBashito

    “…tantamount to taking law in own hand and it is contrary to democracy, international human rights, justice, civility and courtesy.”

    Indeed… ভুতের মুখে রামনাম!

    I don’t understand the loudness of this “strong condemnation” — all this Fact Finding Committee has done is collecting and re-publishing of some information that was already “public knowledge,” reinforcing and formalizing it with witness testimony. Hopefully, a War Crimes Tribunal will actually use it in the near future, and actually convict the Jamaati/Muslim League thugs (one name that has not been highlighted by the recent press is Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury: see http://www.muktadhara.net/page10.html for a list of his victims).

    My highest kudos to Dr M A Hasan and his researchers, who I understand volunteered thousands of hours on this project — a critical task neglected even by the Awami League — a mission begun by the Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and really brought to national attention by the (late) Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam.

    The full statement at the Jamaati website is interesting to read: they cite the verdict of some henchman of Gen Zia, the latter being desperate to rehabilitate the father of all Razakar/AlBadrs for launching his BNP. To use another common Bangla idiom, শুঁড়ির সাক্ষী মাতাল! Only in this case, the drunkard was a “justice”.

    Judging by the vehemence with which these despicable criminals protest, the Fact Finding Commission must be right on target, and their “protest” appears to be really against daring to re-kindle our memories.

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