Bangladesh Parliament on Sunday amended the war crimes law to allow the prosecution to try and punish any organisations, including the Jamaat-e-Islami, a significant move that could pave the way for banning the country’s largest Islamic party.
The move was cheered by tens of thousands of protesters who have been camping in Shahbagh for the past 13 days demanding a ban on Jamaat, whose leaders are on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
The amendment was brought during the passage of the much-talked-about bill which also brought some other changes to International Crimes Tribunals Act, 1973 to allow the government and complaints to appeal against any verdict of the war crimes tribunals.
Website shut after blogger murder
Bangladesh has shut down a blog site after it was linked to the murder of anti-Islamist blogger, who helped organise protests against the leaders of the largest Islamic party, officials said Sunday.
Blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider, 35, was hacked to death near his home in Dhaka on Friday after he joined a protest demanding execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders.