|Jamaat, Shibir on rampage|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Jamaat-Shibir activists continued to unleash terror across the country during the Abdul Quader Mollah.-enforced daylong yesterday, protesting the move to execute convicted war criminal |
Abdul Hamid, 48, an Awami League activist, died of his injuries early yesterday seven hours after he was and beaten up allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir men in Madhabkathi area of Satkhira.
Local traders alleged that Jamaat-Shibir men Hamid as he had protested the decision of some opposition activists to shut down shops in the area soon after the news regarding Mollah spread.
Jamaat-Shibir activists set fire to a and hurled petrol bombs at the branches of Mercantile Bank and Dutch Bangla Bank at Aloka intersection in Rajshahi city last night.
They also smashed the windowpanes of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry office hurling brick chunks around 8:30pm, said Ziaur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Boalia Police Station.
Criminals set fire to the village home of Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha in Kamalganj upazila of Moulvibazar around 5:30am. None was injured in the attack. Police picked up Abu Taleb, a local Jamaat activist, in this connection.
Shibir activists severed the tendons of the right leg of a activist at Bagha upazila in Rajshahi around 6:30pm.
Armed with machetes, about 10 activists of the pro-Jamaat student body ambushed Mizanur Rahman, a second-year student of Shah Doula Degree College, when he was going to his village home in Chhatari.
On Tuesday, when the news spread that Jamaat leader Quader Mollah would be executed, Jamaat men went on the rampage across the country. They enforced a hartal that coincided with the opposition's ongoing countrywide blockade.
At least 27 as activists of Jamaat-Shibir clashed with police in Narail, Sylhet and Cox's Bazar districts.
Following a new tactic, the activists of the opposition alliance yesterday removed several steel plates of three bailey bridges in Sirajganj and Pirojpur, disrupting vehicular movement.
The opposition activists also vandalised three offices of Awami League and its associate organizations in Sonarmore area in Shamnagar upazila of Satkhira around 10:00pm Tuesday.
|Bangladesh's top court adjourns Islamist's death penalty hearing|
|[Pak Daily Times] Bangladesh's Supreme Court has adjourned until Thursday a hearing to decide if an Islamist opposition leader can appeal against his death penalty, in a case that has heightened political tension less than a month before elections are due.|
Abdul Quader Mollah, found guilty of war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence, was due to be hanged at Dhaka Central Jail just after midnight on Wednesday, but his lawyers earned a last-minute reprieve.
Later in the morning, lawyers met at the Supreme Court's appeals division and will resume arguments on Thursday, a state prosecutor said. The stay of execution remains until the appeal against the death penalty is resolved, he added.
Mollah is assistant secretary general of the party, which is barred from contesting elections but plays a key role in the opposition movement led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). He is one of five Islamist leaders condemned to death by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), set up in 2010 to investigate atrocities perpetrated during the 1971 conflict, in which three million people died. Critics of the ICT say it has been used as a political tool by Prime Minister , who is locked in a long and poisonous feud with BNP leader Begum , as a way of weakening the opposition as January 5 elections approach.
|Angry Jamaat warns of dire consequences|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Abdul Quader Mollah is executed. yesterday threatened of dire consequences if its leader and condemned war criminal |
In the wee hours of today, it also called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk for today protesting the "decision to execute" Mollah.
In a statement, the key component of BNP-led opposition alliance said, "Those who are involved in violating the legal process will have to answer to the people."
It said the government was trying to "kill" Mollah to divert people's attention and fish in troubled water. The cost of this "conspiracy" would be fatal.
"The government has proved that it wants to fulfil its desire by hanging Abdul Quader Mollah, as it only issued his [Mollah's] death warrant, but did not provide him any certified copy of the verdict, which is an utter violation of ," read the release.
It also says the government, only out of political vengeance, was "conspiring to kill" Mollah hurriedly violating the constitution, Supreme Court rules and the jail code.
A judge late last night had stayed the execution of Mollah until 10:30am today.
pro-Jamaat online activists have started posting instigating remarks on social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, since the jail authorities sent Mollah's family a letter asking them to meet the condemned war criminal for the last time.
In Rajshahi city, Jamaat-Shibir activists last night torched the house of former state minister for industries Omar Faruk Chowdhury protesting the government move to execute Mollah.
They also charged petrol bombs and vandalised 30 houses during their attack in Sagorpara area around 9:00pm. No casualties were reported.
In Gaibandha, following the announcement of the move to execute Mollah, Jamaat-Shibir activists vandalised the houses of Palashbari upazila unit Awami League president and five of its AL leaders in the town.
They swooped on the houses, including that of AL upazila unit president Tofazzal Hossain around 8:00pm. They also torched two vehicles of upazila chairman AKM Maksud Chowdhury Bidyut.
Several crude bombs were during the attack.
|Jamaat men clash with police in several dists; blockade extended|
|[Bangla Daily Star] A 12-year-old boy was killed by stray bullets and 10 others yesterday, as Jamaat-Shibir men fought with law enforcers in Sirajganj during Jamaat's nationwide that coincided with the opposition's blockade across the country.|
Along with the activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance, men resorted to vandalism and arson in different parts of the country, leaving more than 67 people injured.
the alliance extended its 72-hour blockade, which started at 6:00am on Saturday, till 6:00am on Friday, causing further sufferings to people.
BNP Spokesperson Salahuddin Ahmed yesterday afternoon announced the extension of blockade via a video message from an unknown location.
Soon after yesterday's shutdown, the Jamaat-e-Islami called another nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal for today to protest the death warrant for its leader Abdul Quader Mollah, condemned to death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
|Another Jamaat hartal tomorrow|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Abdul Quader Mollah by defying jail code". has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk for tomorrow protesting what it said "conspiracy to execute |
"The government is hatching a conspiracy to kill Quader Mollah by defying constitution, Supreme Court rules and jail code," Jamaat said in a this evening. Jamaat observed a nationwide daylong hartal today on the same issue.
The hartal is an addition to a 144-hour countrywide blockade that started Saturday morning. The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance in which Jamaat is a key component is enforcing the blockade.
|Buses torched in capital|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Blockaders torched two buses and vandalised a human hauler in the capital's South Jatrabari and Sobhanbagh today, the third day of the countrywide blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance.|
Hartal picketers torched a bus at Sobhanbagh around 6:30pm, the officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station told The Daily Star.
an activist sustained bullet injuries during a chase and counter chase with at Sayedabad.
Ashraful Islam, 24, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Police opened fire when Shibir activists brought out a procession there in support of their . Amid the ongoing blockade, Jamaat-e-Islam which is a key component in the 18-party alliance is enforcing a nationwide daylong shutdown protesting death warrant against Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah.
Police one Mahinur Akhter, 35, as he a crude bomb in front of Westin Hotel at Madhybadda in Gulshan, said Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station.
Besides, the opposition today afternoon extended its 71-hour blockade till 6:00am on December 13 demanding rescheduling of the parliamentary election, installation of a non-party polls-time government and release of leaders.
|Jamaat calls hartal for tomorrow|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Abdul Quader Mollah. has called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide for tomorrow protesting death warrant against its leader |
In a this evening, the party termed the death warrant a planned conspiracy to kill .
The hartal is an addition to a 72-hour countrywide blockade that started from Saturday morning. The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance in which Jamaat is a key component is enforcing the blockade.jamaat-logo
Earlier in the afternoon, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 issued the death warrant for the Jamaat assistant secretary general who was awarded the capital punishment for his wartime offences.
ICT registrar AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud told journalists the "warrant of execution" and copies of Supreme Court verdict were sent to Dhaka Central Jail, home ministry and Dhaka district magistrate for the execution of Mollah.
Arunav Chakraborty, a deputy registrar of the ICT, said he handed over the warrant and SC verdict copies to jail authorities around 4:15pm and the district magistrate around 4:35pm.
Another staff of the tribunal, meanwhile, took the copies of death warrant and SC verdict to the home ministry.
Earlier in the day, the copy of the full text of Supreme Court verdict awarding death penalty to Quader Mollah for war crimes reached the tribunal.
Staff of the SC registrar office along with the verdict copy and other related documents went to the tribunal's registrar office in the capital at 11:55am.
The SC on Thursday released the full text of the verdict of the Appellate Division bench, which awarded death penalty to Mollah on September 17.
The SC pronounced the judgement, overruling Mollah's life term imprisonment awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal-2.
Tajul Islam, a counsel for Mollah, told The Daily Star this afternoon that they were yet to receive the certified copy of the verdict.
There seems to be a debate among lawyers on whether Mollah has the right to move a review petition before the apex court.
|Release of Mollah verdict's full text any day|
|[Bangla Daily Star] The full text of the Supreme Court judgment that awarded death penalty to war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah is likely to be released in a few days, as judges have completed writing their shares of it.|
On September 17, the apex court sentenced the leader to death for committing crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971, overruling the judgement of the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that awarded him life imprisonment.
The SC sources said all the five apex court judges, who delivered the verdict by majority view, have completed writing their parts of the judgement.
Now, those will be compiled and then a full-text verdict will be released, according to sources.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star that the government will execute the SC verdict immediately after the certified copy will be released as per the provisions of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973.
|No war criminals in Bangladesh, Claimed Mojaheed six years back after EC meeting|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Convicted war criminal Jamaat-e-Islam Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed six years ago had claimed that there were no war criminals in Bangladesh.|
Flanked by his party colleagues and the now convicted war criminals , Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, Abdul Quader Mollah, and suspected war criminals Abdus Subhan and ATM Azharul Islam, he attended a meeting with the Election Commission regarding electoral reforms on October 25, 2007.
When journalists asked him about the growing demand for declaring the anti-liberation forces and war criminals disqualified from contesting the national elections, Mojaheed had said, "The constitution does not support the demand. Besides, there are no war criminals in Bangladesh. It is the imaginary and self-created bizarre idea of those talking about war crimes... there are no anti-liberation forces in Bangladesh."
Asked about Jamaat's role in 1971 Liberation War, he had counter asked the s to investigate it themselves. About war crimes accusations against them, Mojaheed had said, "These accusations are all false and ill-motivated."
The Awami League-led grand alliance won the national elections in 2008 and as per their electoral pledge it set up an International Crimes Tribunal on March 25, 2010 to try war criminals. In 2012, it set up another tribunal for expeditious trial.
Mojaheed's statements were proven wrong when Abul Kalam Azad -- expelled Jamaat leader -- aka Bachchu Razakar was the first of the lot to be sentenced with the capital punishment for crimes against humanity and genocide.
|BNP backs Islamists' resistance|
|[Bangla Daily Star] The BNP has finally decided to counter the Gonojagoron Mancha movement by extending support to Islamist groups' agitations against the Mancha in different parts of the country.|
The main opposition party has taken the decision as it considers the Gonojagoron Mancha "a major challenge" to the BNP-led 18-party alliance's one-point movement to topple the government, sources in the BNP said.
Under the banner of 18-party alliance, the BNP also wants to "expose" the Mancha as a platform sponsored by the ruling Awami League and the government, the sources added.
The BNP was in a quandary since the beginning of the Shahbagh movement spearheaded by the Gonojagoron Mancha on February 5 following a war crimes tribunal verdict on Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah. Its leaders made confusing statements about the protests. But finally the party has taken up a strategy to use Islamic sentiments to counter the movement.
In line with its strategy, the opposition alliance at a rally in Chittagong city on Monday extended its support to radical Islamists who threatened to foil today's Gonojagoron Mancha rally there.
Hefazate Islam Bangladesh, a qaumi madrasa-based Islamist organization, has threatened to foil the rally in the port city, protesting the "anti-Islam activities of the Shahbagh atheist bloggers."
The 18-party alliance's in Chittagong Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, also chief of port city unit of the BNP, announced at Monday's rally the alliance's support to the Islamists' agitations against the Mancha.
|Bangladesh parliament amends war crime law|
|[GUARDIAN.CO.UK] Bangladesh's parliament has amended a law allowing the state to appeal against the life sentence given to an opposition leader for his role in mass killings and rape during the 1971 war for independence.|
Tens of thousands of demonstrators in central Shahbag Square cheered as the assembly approved the changes on Sunday.
Protesters have gathered in central Dhaka for the past 13 days demanding the death penalty for Abdul Quader Mollah, an assistant secretary general of the party, for war crimes. The prominent Islamist was given a life sentence by a tribunal last month, stunning many Bangladeshis.
The amendment will "empower the tribunals to try to punish any organizations, including Jamaat-e-Islami, for committing crimes during the country's liberation war in 1971", the law minister, Shafique Ahmed, said
The government is facing growing pressure to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and groups linked to it. Ahmed told s the government was considering such a ban.
Lawyers said Sunday's amendment sets a timetable for the government to appeal against Mollah's sentence and secure a retrial. The previous law did not allow state prosecutors to call for a retrial except in the case of acquittals.
|Shahbagh protesters attend janaza of murdered blogger|
|[Bangla Daily Star] The brutal killing of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar has strengthened the Shahbagh protesters' resolve and made them more confident of winning their battle.|
"Touching our co-fighter's coffin, we now swear not to return home leaving our demands unfulfilled," Imran H Sarker, one of the key organisers of the movement, said after Rajib's namaz-e-janaza at the venue yesterday.
"The soul of our friend will not rest in peace until the spirit of the Liberation War is upheld, Jamaat and Shibir eliminated and their politics banned," said Imran, also a blogger.
The protesters called upon the nation to fight for the justice for the killing of Rajib, who was found murdered near his house at Pallabi in the capital Friday night.
They termed Rajib a martyr and a freedom fighter of new generation and vowed to carry out his mission which was to see the war criminals hanged.
Prime Minister visited his residence in the capital's Pallabi yesterday afternoon and vowed to bring the murderers to trial.
through separate statements, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and International Committee for Democracy in Bangladesh (ICDB) expressed their solidarity with the movement.
Students and teachers of University of Asia Pacific and Institute of Architects, Bangladesh, yesterday joined the movement. Rajib was a student of the university and a member of the institute.
Spearheaded by a group of bloggers and online activists, the demonstration started on February 5, hours after Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was given life imprisonment in a war crimes case.
The 12th straight day of the demonstration passed with protesters venting outrage at the murder of Rajib, known in the Bangla blog community as Thaba Baba.