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Jamaat Leaders Arrested For Genocide.

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Bangladesh 1971: One of the Worst Genocides of the 20th Century.

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday issued arrest warrants against already detained four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders on charges of committing genocide and crimes against humanity and peace during the Liberation War.

“Warrants of arrest should be issued against these four people to ensure effective and proper investigation,” Tribunal Chairman Justice Nizamul Huq said allowing the prosecution prayer after submission of Chief Prosecutor Golam Arif Tipu.

The four Jamaat leaders are Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid and senior assistant secretaries general Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla.

More Here.  Hat-Tip to Enty.

Jamaat Leaders Arrested for War Crimes

By Faheem Haider

Monday, July 26 7:18 pm EST

The War Crimes Tribunal has issued arrest warrants for the 4 senior Jamaat leaders already in government custody.  The charges: committing genocide and crimes against humanity and peace during the 1971 War of Liberation.  The leaders wanted in connection with the crimes: none other than Motiur Rahman Nizami, the Jamaat-e-Islam chief and his Secretary General, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and two lower ranking assistant secretaries general.  Nizami and Mujahid are widely known to have been leaders in the Al Badr brigade, the militia that has been thought squarely responsible of murder and slaughter of a large number of young and promising intellectuals.

This is a very important move.  These are the first charges brought against persons and citizens of Bangladesh for crimes committed under the International Crimes Tribunal Act of 1973. This act brought about a legal procedure to prosecute war criminal but was never used to in court.  Decades of maneuvering and indemnity saw to that.

The sitting Awami League government returned to power in 2008 in no small measure from its promise to use just that law to prosecute those held responsible for collaborating with the (West) Pakistani military to commit murder and rape, destroy lives, unleash crashing waves of public and private torment.

More Here.

On the Genocide see here.

In the UK,

The full influence of Jamaati organisations such as the Islamic Foundation UK, East London Mosque, Muslim Aid UK, Dawatul Islam and the UK Islamic Mission is yet to be fully studied but these groups are known to be aggressively pushing Jamaat’s anti-secularism and anti-western literature and ideals – some of the backgrounds of arrested for terrorism ties in the UK such as Mozzam Begg and some of the 7/7 bombers show flirtations with Jamaat politics .

(From Here)

Noteworthy are the political links of these bodies, which are wide-ranging. They include local politicians in East London, and the Respect Party.

We await with interest Islamophobia Watch’s response to these arrests.

Written by Andrew Coates

July 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

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  1. Looks like good news, and long awaited by many Bangladeshis at home and around the world.
    I remember some Bangladeshi left-wingers raising the issue of war criminals who found a haven in Britain, and to make matters worse, were able to obtain teaching positions in the East London mosque, thus miseducating the young about the history.
    At the time one assumed it was just the Tories and the faceless persons in British security and intelligence establishment who must have welcomed the Jama’ati criminals, and seen their islamicism as a way to counteract left-wing influence among the young.
    But such issues and those who raise them have been ignored or brushed aside by some on the so-called left, for whom ignorance is bliss and opportunism a matter of pride. Now they could be in for a prat fall, and a well-deserved one at that.
    A word of caution, though, Andrew. That guy Blackburn whom you cite is well-informed, but his viewpoint is evidently that of the neo-con wing of the security establishment, whose help we can do without.

    Charlie Pottins

    July 30, 2010 at 7:28 am

    • Charlie I was wary about Blackburn but what his facts (eg compared with article in Jewish Socialist on similar area) seemed correct.

      The biggest apologist for the Jamaat was Bob Pitt (Islamaphobia Watch) who said (explicitly to me) that it was all history and the young Bengalis didn’t care about the 1971 war of National Liberation or the genocide.

      Andrew Coates

      July 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

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  4. btw.: the genocidal policy of Pakistan in 1971 was not only supported by the USA but also by maoist China, which regarded Pakistan as an “anti-hegemonist” power of the third world


    July 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

  5. What many do not know and is not mention in the article is how both Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger made America dip our hands in this genocide. Kissinger gave the green light to the late General Yahya Khan and even praised him for his ‘delicacy and tact” as the Bangladesh military; raped, murdered and dismembered thousands of Bengali civilians, students and intelligentsia. Why did Kissinger give the green light? Because General Khan is the one that got Nixon and Kissinger the trip to China they wanted. So next time you hear somebody talk about the ‘glories’ of Nixon opening China, remember it was at the cost of thousands of Bengali citizens.

    Andrew Murphy

    July 31, 2010 at 9:13 am

    • The more you learn about this the worse it becomes.

      I have read books on the subject (there aren’t many in English). One was very useful for the background to this post: http://www.amazon.com/Bangladesh-Next-Afghanistan-Hiranmay-Karlekar/dp/0761934014.

      Enty mentions China and then Andrew Nixon.

      I was very struck with it at the time.

      I went (age early teens) to a big rally in Trafalgar Square to support the cause of Bangladesh.

      I was practically the only non-Bengali there.

      Obviously, when you come to present-day Bangladeshi politics, there are plenty of complications as well. But this issue at least pretty clear.

      What I don’t understand about the British left’s disinterest in Bengali politics (both in Bangladesh and in Indian Bengal) is that the culture and politics in both have such a strong left element.

      The language, its literature and films, are major major world cultural contributions.

      I have heard say that the Bengalis are the French of the East – er maybe that’s why Tendance Coatesy…..

      Andrew Coates

      July 31, 2010 at 10:13 am

  6. ho say that?


    August 7, 2010 at 1:10 am

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