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'Deport Bangla's Jamaat-e-Islami chief'

A group of Barristers and community activists in UK urges the British Home Secretary to cancel the visa of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motium Rahman Nizami

world Updated: Nov 13, 2007 08:40 IST

A group of Barristers and community activists in UK on Tuesday urged the British Home Secretary to cancel the visa of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motium Rahman Nizami because of his alleged involvement in "killings of thousands of unarmed civilians".

In a representation to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, the Barristers referred to Nizami's alleged involvement as President of Islami Chattra Shangha and head of notorious para-military organization, the Al-Badar, during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

His presence in the UK "is not conducive to public good as he is alleged to have been involved in killings of thousands of unarmed civilians in Bangladesh in 1971", according to the petition.

It also referred to cases filed against Nizami for his alleged involvement in the August 21, 2004 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally, and his attempt to divert attention to potential threats of Islamic terrorists in Bangladesh by characterising such reports as "media creation".

It claimed that Nizami has been charged in Bangladesh with a criminal offence and involvement in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The petition was signed, among others, by Barrister Chowdhury Hafizur Rahman, Barrister Showgatul Anwar Khan, Barrister M Mazedul Islam, Barrister Rafiqul Islam Milton, Barrister Abul Kalam Chowdhury and Journalist Prashanto Barua.