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Prosecution eyes setting history by trying Jamaat

Update : 27 Mar 2014, 09:52 PM

The war crimes tribunal prosecution will soon submit the formal charges against Jamaat-e-Islami for its role during the 1971 Liberation War, after scrutinising the report submitted by the investigation agency yesterday.

Investigation Officer Md Matiur Rahman handed over the probe report and other related documents to Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arif Tipoo yesterday afternoon at the prosecution’s office.

Tipoo said: “A prosecution committee headed by Tureen Afroz will now go through the documents and prepare the formal charges.” He claimed that they could set history by this case as it was unusual to try an organisation for war crimes.

Prosecutor Tureen, team leader for this particular case, said: “After the Nuremberg trial [in Germany against Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party], it is the second instance in the world of bringing an organisation to justice for its alleged crimes.”

The investigation agency on March 25 disclosed the summary of the probe report, praying for a ban on Jamaat, its associate bodies and mouthpiece the daily Sangram, and action against financial institutions.

The probe began after the agency had filed a complaint with the International Crimes Tribunal on August 18 last year.

The probe body brought seven types of charges against Jamaat, its then students’ wing Islami Chhatra Sangha that was renamed Islami Chhatra Shibir in 1977, associate organisations – Peace Committee, razakar, al-Badr and al-Shams – for committing crimes against humanity and genocide and violating the Geneva Conventions.

The report states that all the policymakers, organisers, directors and leaders at all levels of the organisations are responsible for the crimes against humanity.

Members of Jamaat’s Majlish-e-Sura in 1971 are likely to be summoned to defend the party’s role. Chief Coordinator of the probe body Abdul Hannan Khan earlier said: “If they want, the central leaders of the party can defend in the court. Otherwise, the trial will begin in absentia.” 

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