More fallout from the Islamic supremacists’ murder of counter-jihad blogger Rajib Haider. And if Bangladesh moves against a Sharia supremacist party, does that make Bangladeshis into “Islamophobes”?
DHAKA: Bangladesh’s parliament Sunday amended a law to allow the prosecution of the country”s largest Islamic party Jamaat-i-Islami for war crimes in a move that could pave the way to it being banned.
News of the move was greeted by loud cheers from tens of thousands of protesters in central Dhaka who have been demanding a ban on Jamaat, whose leaders are on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
Law minister Shafique Ahmed told AFP that under the new law, “any organisation including Jamaat can be prosecuted” by a special court for war crimes and if found guilty “it can be banned” from politics.
Previously only individuals could be prosecuted for war crimes.
“It’s one step towards banning Jamaat,” deputy law minister Qamrul Islam told AFP.
The move comes after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday indicated that she would back a ban on Jamaat, whose members are suspected in the murder of an anti-Islamist blogger, as it had “no right to be in politics in Bangladesh”…..