Friday, April 22, 2011
Bangladesh court: no bail for Islamic party chiefs
Published: Apr 21, 2011 14:20 Updated: Apr 21, 2011 14:20
Bangladesh: A tribunal has rejected bail pleas by four leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party accused of war crimes duringthe nation’s 1971 independence war. Bangladesh
The ruling Thursday by the International Crimes Tribunal means the four leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, who were arrested last year, will remain in jail until the investigation is complete.
The party sided with
Pakistan as it tried to prevent from breaking away in the 1971 war. Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed an estimated 3 million people and forced millions to flee their homes. Bangladesh
The suspects face charges such as genocide, murder, rape, torture, looting and arson.
The party says the charges are politically motivated.