Muslim Aid trustee charged with war crimesMay 5, 2013
Islamic charity leader indicted for killing 18 intellectuals
Money Jihad has been contacted by Muslim Aid on a couple occasions in the past (see here and here) to insist upon the innocence of their philanthropic endeavors and to disclaim their organization’s membership in the pro-Hamas network of charitable fronts known as the Union of Good. Will Muslim Aid also claim to be unaware that at least one of their trustees is a war criminal?
UK community leader Mueen-Uddin indicted in Bangladesh
A British community leader has been indicted in Bangladesh for his alleged role in the killing of 18 people during the 1971 liberation war from Pakistan.
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin strongly denies any role in the murder of 18 intellectuals in December of that year.
He is alleged to have been a member of the Al-Badr group, which identified and killed pro-independence activists.
He is accused with another alleged Al-Badr member, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a United States citizen.
His lawyers have rejected all the allegations against him. They say that none of the accusations have ever been formally put to him and there has been no attempt to question him.
“The statements made by members of the government of Bangladesh are grossly defamatory to my client, wholly untrue and are refuted in their entirety,” his lawyer Toby Cadman told the BBC.
Mr Cadman’s website carries a detailed rebuttal of all the allegations against Mr Mueen-Uddin.
Holding dual British and Bangladesh citizenship, Mr Mueen-Uddin is a trustee of the UK charity Muslim Aid and played a prominent role in setting up the Muslim Council of Britain.
His website says that he is also the director of Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the UK’s National Health Service.
State prosecutor Syed Haider Ali told the AFP news agency that he “has been indicted for crimes against humanity and genocide”. He said that Mr Mueen-Uddin fled Bangladesh soon after the end of the war.
Mr Khan, now believed to be living in the US, faces the same charges.
An arrest warrant was issued by the International Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka on Thursday for both men, who are accused of “directly taking part” in the killing of the 18 intellectuals between 10 December 10 and 15 December 1971.
Charges were initially put before the tribunal last month – on Thursday it accepted them and ordered their arrests.
Nobody knows exactly how many people were killed in the 1971 war. Bangladesh says up to three million people died, mostly in massacres by the Pakistan army and their local Islamist allies, the Razakar and Al-Badr forces…