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Pair guilty of Bangladesh war crimes

Source BBC News@

Bus burns in Chittagong after 1 October rulingPrevious rulings on the 1971 war have sparked violent reactions

A court in Bangladesh is set to rule on a UK Muslim leader and a US citizen over crimes allegedly committed during the 1971 independence war.

British-Bangladeshi Muslim community leader Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and US citizen Ashrafuzzaman Khan are facing a special war crimes tribunal.

They are accused of playing a role in the abduction and killing of 18 independence supporters.

Verdicts in similar cases have sparked violent reactions in Bangladesh.


Prosecutors say Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin was a member of the al-Badr militia group which fought alongside the Pakistani army and was involved in the killing of pro-independence activists, including academics and journalists, in the final days of the war.

Mr Mueen-Uddin, who lives in London, and Mr Khan are being tried in absentia. Both hail from Bangladesh.

They deny the charges against them, which their lawyers have described as politicised.

The court's previous judgements include death sentences for former and current senior leaders of Bangladesh's main Islamic party, the Jamaat-e-Islami and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

More than 100 people have died since January in violent protests set off by those verdicts handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal.

It was set up in 2010 by the current Awami League-led government to try alleged local collaborators of the Pakistani army during the war of independence, when three million people died, according to official figures.

But the court's proceedings have come under criticism from several rights groups, including the New York-based Human Rights Watch, which has described the trials as flawed.

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