The second International Crimes Tribunal on 17 July 2013 sentenced war crime indicted Ali Mohammed Mujaheed, General Secretary of Jamaat e Islami to death. Mujaheed who was a leader of Jamaat's student wing Islammi Chattra Sangha in 1971 Bangladesh war was indicted of 7 war crimes including murder, genocide and conspiracy to kill intellectuals during the Bangladesh War for Liberation. The Jamaat e Islami is enforcing a day-long country hartal protesting against the verdicts of the ICT on the third day in succession. The two war crimes tribunals have so far delivered 5 verdicts since their establishment.
Who is Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mojaheed?
Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed is a Bangladeshi politician and presently the Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. He was accused of helping to form the militant groups Al-Badr (the moon) and the Al-Shams (the sun) and committing crimes against humanity during the Bangladesh Liberation War. He is currently held prisoner and standing trial at the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh. He was Minister of Social Welfare from 2001 to 2007 in the four-party alliance Bangladesh government.
What is ICT?
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) is a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh established in 2009 to investigate and prosecute suspects for the genocide committed in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War by the Pakistan Army and their local collaborators, Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams. During the 2008 general election, the Awami League (AL) promised to set up the tribunals in response to long-demanded popular calls for trying war criminals.
Who: second ICT.
When: 17 July 2013.