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Bangladesh moves to ban largest Islamic party

Published on Mar 25, 2014 4:03 PM
 

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh war crimes investigators moved Tuesday to outlaw the country's largest Islamic party, accusing it of genocide and other atrocities during the 1971 bloody struggle for independence.

Government investigators handed a report detailing war crimes allegations against Jamaat-e-Islami to prosecutors, in the latest move against the party which has banned from contesting January elections.

"We want total dissolution of the party," the government's chief war crimes investigator Abdul Hannan Khan told reporters. "Jamaat and its wings took the decision to act as auxillary forces of the Pakistani army in committing atrocities in the 1971 war. So the party cannot avoid its superior responsibilities," Mr Hannan said.

Mr Hannan said prosecutors from the country's controversial war crimes tribunal would now proceed with charges against the party which would lead to a trial in the same tribunal. "The whole nation has been waiting for this trial. It is the first time after the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials that a party is to be prosecuted for war crimes," Mr Hannan said, comparing Jamaat to the Nazi party.

 
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