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.