Jamaat to stage countrywide demonstrations Apr 5 Release of party top leaders demanded

Ref: Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party will stage demonstrations across the country on April 5 to drum up their demand for the release of their detained top leaders, who are now facing charges of wartime crimes.

Jamaat Acting Secretary-General ATM Azharul Islam Friday announced the programme at a press meet at party office in the city, criticizing the authorities for holding the party top brass in jail “without following due course of law”.

“The party leaders have been detained in jail for last nine months without framing any charge against them. Besides, the International Crimes Tribunal cannot issue arrest warrant against any accused before indictment,” he told journalists.

Azhar alleged that the party leaders are being tortured “in the name of remand”.

He claimed that the detained top leaders of the party were not involved in any forms of crime against humanity in 1971. “The trial would be a ‘violation of human rights’ as the law under which they are being tried is not international-standard,” he said.

On June 29 last year, Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary-General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed and Nayebe Ameer Delwar Hossain Saydee were arrested on charges of hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.

Later on July 13, Jamaat assistant secretaries-general Muhammad Qamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Mollah were held at the High Court gate for their alleged crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.

On August 25, Dhaka City Jamaat Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan was arrested from his Mirpur residence in several cases filed against him.

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