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Bangladesh fundamentalist leader indicted for crimes against humanity

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Thursday indicted fundamentalist leader Mir Quasem Ali, on charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war. Ali, a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) [party website, in Bengali; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] central executive committee, was indicted on 14 charges [FE report], including murder, abduction and torture. He is also charged with killing eight people [PTI report] in the Chittagong metropolitan area during the war. The three-member panel of judges set a trial date of September 30.

Bangladesh police arrested Ali [JURIST report] in June of last year. In July prosecutors announced that they were charging [JURIST report] the assistant secretary-general of the largest Islamist political party with six war crimes in the 1971 war of liberation. Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, the party's secretary-general, was sentenced to death [JURIST report] earlier in July for war crimes committed during the 1971 uprising. Also that month, Ghulam Azam, chief of JI in Bangladesh until 2000, was found guilty [JURIST report] by the ICTB of five charges of planning, conspiracy, incitement, complicity and murder during the war. The ICTB was first established in 2010 [JURIST report] to handle war crime charges stemming from the 1971 war.

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