360° Coverage : Strike called after death rap for Jamaat leader

1 Updates
Strike called after death rap for Jamaat leader
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Strike called after death rap for Jamaat leader

Sep 17 2013, 5:48am CDT | by IANS

Dhaka, Sep 17 (IANS) Bangladesh's largest Islamist party has called a 48-hour national strike after the country's apex court Tuesday morning awarded the death penalty to a high-ranking leader for war crimes, including mass killings.

Dhaka, Sep 17 — Bangladesh's largest Islamist party has called a 48-hour national strike after the country's apex court Tuesday morning awarded the death penalty to a high-ranking leader for war...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

45 weeks ago

Strike called after death rap for Jamaat leader

Sep 17 2013, 5:48am CDT | by IANS

Dhaka, Sep 17 (IANS) Bangladesh's largest Islamist party has called a 48-hour national strike after the country's apex court Tuesday morning awarded the death penalty to a high-ranking leader for war crimes, including mass killings.

Dhaka, Sep 17 — Bangladesh's largest Islamist party has called a 48-hour national strike after the country's apex court Tuesday morning awarded the death penalty to a high-ranking leader for war crimes, including mass killings.

Hours after the appellate division of the supreme court awarded the capital punishment to assistant secretary general of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party Abdul Quader Mollah, it called a 48-hour nationwide strike Sep 18-19, Xinha reported.

The party has called the strike protesting what it referred to as "the government hatching conspiracy to kill its leaders and running anti-Islamic activities, state-sponsored repression".

In a statement, Jamaa said the 48-strike has been called to also demand the release of its leaders including Mollah.

The apex court verdict came more than seven months after a special tribunal, set up to try those allegedly involved in war crimes during the south Asian country's nine-month liberation war in 1971, sentenced the leader to life term imprisonment.

After the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mollah to life imprisonment Feb 5 for his war crimes, hundreds of people, mostly pro-ruling party men, flocked to Shahbag square, an iconic place in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, demanding death penalty for crimes against humanity in 1971.

The demonstration, which soon transformed into a people's movement and spread across the country and among Bangladeshis living abroad, forced the government to amend the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act-1973 Feb 17 to ensure the rights of the state to appeal on behalf of the war crimes victims of 1971.

The state March 3 appealed to the apex court against Mollah's sentencing, claiming that the punishment was inadequate, and sought the death penalty.

The defence appealed a day later seeking acquittal from all charges.

The five-member bench of the appellate division headed by chief justice Mohammad Muzammel Hossain pronounced the first war crimes verdict of the supreme court at a jam-packed court room in the presence of a huge crowd of people, particularly journalists and lawyers amid beefed up security measures.

Mollah, who is now behind the bar, was indicted in May last year with six specific charges for his alleged involvement in murders and mass killings in 1971.

He was acquitted from one of the six charges.

Chief defence counsel Abdul Razzaq termed the verdict "wrong" and said a review petition would be filed within 30 days of receiving the full verdict.

He said there was no such example of the supreme court giving the death sentence after the trial court had given a life sentence.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said there was no scope for filing a review petition.

"My opinion is that this is the final verdict and the legal process ends. He (Mollah) can only seek clemency from president," Alam said

Razzaq, also an assistant secretary general of Jamaat, could not tell immediately whether presidential pardon would be sought.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League (AL) party and its allies have expressed deep satisfaction with the apex court verdict.

The verdict had reflected the people's expectations and it could possibly be executed within the tenure of this government ending next month, said AL spokesman Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif.

But in protest against the verdict, Jamaat burst into violent protests.

Party activists fought pitched battles with police in the southeastern port city of Chittagong among other places in the country.

TV footage showed stone-throwing Jamaat activists fighting with law enforcers in Chittagong and setting a police vehicle and a private car ablaze.

Jamaat is a key ally of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's main opposition alliance which has been waging protests, demanding the restoration of the non-party caretaker system to oversee the next general elections slated for early 2014.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Ukrainian parliament rejects PM's resignation
Kiev, July 31 (IANS) The Ukrainian parliament Thursday rejected the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk last week, the parliamentary press service said.
 
 
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Village celebrates as soldier's son becomes army chief
Bisaan (Haryana), July 31 (IANS) As General Dalbir Singh Suhag took over the reins of the fourth largest army in the world Thursday, a village in Haryana's Jhajjar district was collecting ammunition of a different kind - over 150 kg of ladoos and about 5,000 crackers.
 
 
Professional clowns gather in Guatemala
Guatemala City, July 31 (IANS/EFE) More than 200 professional clowns from across Latin America were in Guatemala this week for a meeting to exchange insights about their trade.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Amalraj-Madhurika lose in TT mixed doubles fourth round
Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) India's Anthony Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar lost in the fourth round of the mixed doubles table tennis event of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Scotstoun Sports Campus here Thursday. The...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ukrainian parliament rejects PM's resignation
Kiev, July 31 (IANS) The Ukrainian parliament Thursday rejected the resignation tendered by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk last week, the parliamentary press service said. Yatsenyuk's resignation was backed by only...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
'Blue' light at dimly-lit places keeps workers healthy
London, July 31 (IANS) In a first, researchers have shown that a particular kind of artificial light is capable of ensuring that biological rhythms of our body clocks are correctly synchronised despite the absence of...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
US military women less likely to drink than civilians: Study
New York, July 31 (IANS) A survey of US military veterans has revealed that female veterans are actually less likely to drink than their civilian counterparts. Women react differently to their experience in the...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Protein can prevent brain damage from toxic chemicals
New York, July 31 (IANS) Engineering a protein, research shows, may prevent brain damage in civilians and soldiers exposed to poisonous chemicals - particularly those in pesticides and chemical weapons. A set of...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Paddlers Sharath, Shamini in mixed doubles quarters
Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) India's mixed doubles table tennis pair of Sharath Kamal and Shamini Kumaresan advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Thursday. The Indian duo recorded a hard fought...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Alicia Keys pregnant with second child
Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Singer Alicia Keys and musician Swizz Beatz' family is getting bigger. Alicia announced that they are expecting their second child. She took to Instagram on her fourth wedding anniversary,...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jeff Bridges unsure whether to slow down
Jeff Bridges can't decide whether to relax or work harder as he is getting older. The 64-year-old actor worries his time is running out so thinks he needs to cram in as much as possible, but has a conflicting feeling...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Robert Pattinson embraces anxiety
Robert Pattinson ''likes'' his feelings of anxiety. The 28-year-old actor has considered seeing a therapist but doesn't know how helpful it would be, and feels lucky his bouts of feeling low never last very long. He...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kelly Osbourne sued by landlord
Kelly Osbourne has been accused of letting her dogs poop all over her apartment. The 'Fashion Police' host has taken legal action against her former West Hollywood landlord for keeping her security deposit when she...
Read more on Celebrity Balla