Dhaka: Muslim charity leader guilty of war crimesNovember 11, 2013
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, a trustee of the charity Muslim Aid and a leader within the Muslim community in Britain, has been convicted of war crimes by Bangladesh for murders he committed there as an agent of Pakistani Islamists.
As of print, Muslim Aid has offered no comment on the conviction and sentencing of Mueen-Uddin. Will they at least suspend him from the board, or is that too much to ask?
From Channel 4 on Nov. 3 (h/t Moinak):
British Muslim leader sentenced to death for war crimes
A prominent British-based Muslim leader has been sentenced to death in his absence at a special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh.
A special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced to death two Bangladeshis living in Britain for crimes against humanity during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, who lives in Britain, and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who lives in New York, have been found guilty by a three-judge panel of abducting and murdering 18 people, including nine university teachers, six journalists and three physicians.
The two were tried in absentia after they refused to return to Bangladesh to face trial.
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Now resident in the UK, Chowdhury Mueen Uddin helped set up the Muslim Council of Britain and served as the director of Muslim Spiritual Care in the NHS.
He has also served as vice chairman of the East London Musque and London Muslim Centre.
The Home Office is unable to confirm if any extradition request had been made for Uddin.
A 1995 Channel 4 documentary, War Crimes Files, accused Uddin of being being involved in war crimes as a member of the paramilitary force Al-Badr during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
Deputy Attorney General MK Rahman said “All of the allegations have been proved in the trial. The tribunal has sentenced to death both the accused on all counts”.
Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers and collaborators killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women during the 1971 war.
During the war the two men were members of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic party and ally of the country’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, headed by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, a rival of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina…