Bangla sedition case filed against Jamaat leaders

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Dhaka, Dec 5 (UNI) A sedition case was filed here today against three Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including its secretary general and former minister Ali Ahmed Mohammad Mujahid on charges of killing, looting and raping during Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971.

A freedom fighter of 1971, Mohammad Fazlur Rahman, filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Dhaka.

After hearing the petitioner, Magistrate Emran Hossain Chowdhury admitted the case and referred the case document to Tejgaon police station with direction to register it as ejahar (FIR).

In his petition, Mr Rahman said the accused had opposed the independence of Bangladesh and engaged in killing, looting and rape during the liberation war of 1971 by forming Al Badr, Al Shams and Rajakar forces who collaborated with the Pakistani occupation army.

The sedition case was filed amidst recent demands by former freedom fighters, civil society and pro-liberation political parties for holding trial of the war criminals of '71.

They were also demanding that anti-liberation and parties based on religion like Jamaat-e-Islami should not be registered with the Election Commission.

The petitioner said recent statements of Mujahid claimed that there was no anti-liberation force or war criminals in Bangladesh.

Undermining the liberation war another accused, assistant secretary general, Abdul Kader Molla, had said freedom fighters had crossed over to India in 1971 in their lust for pretty women.

Third accused former secretary Shah Hannan had claimed it was a ''civil war'' and not war of Independence.

The petitioners said all their actions and statements tantamount to sedition and should be brought to trial for upholding the independence achieved through supreme sacrifice of three million people.

UNI

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