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Violent Clashes in London East End Over Bangladeshi War Crimes Tribunal.

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Pitched battles between rival groups in the East End

Pitched battles between rival groups in the East End.

The Docklands and East London Advertiser reports (extracts, Hat-Tip, G H),

 A pitched battle broke out last night between Bangladeshi groups in a Whitechapel park, with women and children caught in the middle.

Hundreds had gathered in the park at midnight to place flowers at the Shaheed Minar (Martyr Monument) for the annual Bangladeshi Martyrs Day ceremony.

But flowers gave way to fists as the night turned violent after a war of words between rival groups over controversial war crimes trials in Bangladesh.

Tensions have been bubbling in the East End over the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, which is trying men accused of war crimes during the country’s 1971 liberation war.

Death threats have been received by activists in London and some have been attacked in the street.


Related Story (November 2013):

A former vice chairman of the East London Mosque has been sentenced to death by a Bangladeshi court for committing war crimes during the country’s liberation war in 1971.Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, 65, was found guilty of the abduction and murder of teachers, journalists and intellectuals as a member of the al-Badr killing squads after being tried in absentia by the court.

Mr Mueen Uddin’s lawyer, Toby Cadman, called the tribunal a “show trial” that has been criticised by human rights groups.

Mr Mueen Uddin, who lives in London, has been vice chairman of the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel and helped set up the Muslim Council of Britain.

He has also been Director of Muslim Spiritual Care Provision for the NHS and met with Prince Charles as deputy director of the Islamic Foundation in Leicestershire in 2003.

The East London Mosque confirmed that Mr Mueen Uddin had been involved with the mosque from 1978 as honourary secretary, and was until recently its vice chairman, but has not been a trustee since 2009.

The British government will not extradite Mr Mueen Uddin to Bangladesh as it does not send people to countries where they could face the death penalty.

The International Crimes Tribunal was set up in 2010 after an election pledge by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to try those accused of helping the Pakistani army to commit war crimes during the 1971 conflict.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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  1. There’s nothing on the BBC about this. I was wondering how the trial affected the Bangladeshis in East London. Shame that the Government won’t deport criminals to be executed but I suppose someone will say ‘oh, but it could be used against the Left.’.

    Sue R

    February 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

  2. Reblogged this on .


    February 23, 2014 at 1:12 am

  3. Thinking about it, I reckon that anyone who has been found guilty of genocide (which I think was the charge here) should definitely be extradited.

    Sue R

    February 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

  4. “Shame that the Government won’t deport criminals to be executed”

    Yes, why won’t our glorious, sinless and great government deal with these nasty Muslim criminals. Our government goes out of it’s way to help these struggling nations, see our history books, and yet what do we get back in return, apart from prime shipping lanes, cheap goods, higher profit rates, high value land and raw materials at knock down prices, nothing I tell you, nothing!

    Socialism In One Bedroom

    February 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

  5. According to a report by David Bergman, an inquiry was made by the London Police once to determine if Chowdhury Mueen Uddin was actually involved in the war in Bangladesh in 1971 and participated in the killings of innocent civilians. Bergman said that the investigations were not conducted properly and due to some reason was stopped prematurely. In a condition like this can’t the Govt .reopen the case and finish the investigations they started themselves?
    There is another point I want to mention here. Laws have been made for the safety and convenience of people and not the the other way around. There are many groups of people with different ideas about the word justice. The laws made by the western world for the people in the west may not fulfil their ideas of true justice, and in that case, their own laws should not be ignored or the people be called barbarians either.

    Enayet Mowla

    February 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  6. I have written my comment just now. Where has it gone?

    Enayet Mowla

    February 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  7. Into Spam, retrieved.

    Andrew Coates

    February 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

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