Tight security for Bangladesh verdict on Islamic party
DHAKA (AFP) - Security was tight in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday as a top court was set to rule on whether to ban the nation's biggest Islamic party, with fears the verdict could trigger fresh unrest.
The High Court was scheduled to announce its decision on the legality of Jamaat-e-Islami after a petition was lodged arguing the party's charter conflicted with the nation's secular constitution.
The decision could trigger fresh protests by Jamaat supporters in the politically volatile country, already reeling from deadly violence over war crime verdicts passed on Jamaat's top leadership.
Police officers and members of the elite Rapid Action Battalion have been deployed outside the court in central Dhaka ahead of the verdict in an attempt to prevent any violence.