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BANGLADESH – BD Updated http://bdupdated.com Online News Portal Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:54:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.6 Bangladesh protests Turkey’s reaction http://bdupdated.com/archives/123 http://bdupdated.com/archives/123#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:48:35 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=123 Bangladesh on Monday protested Turkey’s statement over the execution of war criminal Mir Quasem Ali. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh issued a note verbale to the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka and conveyed Bangladesh’s dismay at the issuance of statement by Turkish government on the execution Mir Quasem, a convict of crimes against humanity …

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Bangladesh on Monday protested Turkey’s statement over the execution of war criminal Mir Quasem Ali.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh issued a note verbale to the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka and conveyed Bangladesh’s dismay at the issuance of statement by Turkish government on the execution Mir Quasem, a convict of crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Bangladesh said that such reactions are tantamount to interference in matters pertaining to a sovereign State.

‘This also doesn’t help foster bilateral relations that exist between the two brotherly countries,’ the protest note contained.

Given the genesis of the establishing of the International Crimes Tribunals (ICT-BD) it was expressed that through these trials against the perpetrators of war crime and crime against humanity committed in 1971, the long-cherished aspiration of the nation will be fulfilled, justice ensured, the rule of law upheld and opportunities for true reconciliation will be created.

The note verbale elaborated the crimes perpetrated by Mir Quasem Ali, one of the central commanders of the infamous Al Badr militia force in 1971, who was involved in the commission of offences of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including planning, instigating and executing genocide, murder, abduction and torture in Chittagong during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.

The verdict against him was handed down through an independent, fair and transparent judicial process, with full access given to national and international media and without any political interference, said the Foreign Ministry.

The prosecution produced irrefutable oral and documentary evidence proving charges against Ali beyond reasonable doubts, it said.

The defence lawyers of Mir Quasem were given unimpeded access to the proceedings of the court throughout the trial process.

The ICT-BD trials took solely into consideration the crimes i.e. crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh committed by Mr Ali during 1971 and was not at all based on his political identity or affiliation.

Turkish Foreign Ministry in a statement on Sunday said, ‘We’ve learned with sorrow that the death sentence issued by the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh against Mir Quasem Ali, Key-Financier and Central Executive Council Member of the Jamaat-e-Islami, has been executed in Bangladesh.’

Turkey insisted once again saying that the ‘wounds of the past cannot be healed with these methods and hope that this wrong practice will not lead to separation among the brotherly people of Bangladesh.’

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4 female JMB members held in city: RAB http://bdupdated.com/archives/105 http://bdupdated.com/archives/105#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:09:13 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=105 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel detained four suspected female members of banned militant outfit Jama`atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from several areas of the city early Tuesday. RAB confirmed the matter through an SMS (short message service) to media. RAB-4 personnel detained the militants in night long drive on Monday. Meanwhile, the law enforcers recovered huge …

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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel detained four suspected female members of banned militant outfit Jama`atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from several areas of the city early Tuesday.

RAB confirmed the matter through an SMS (short message service) to media.

RAB-4 personnel detained the militants in night long drive on Monday. Meanwhile, the law enforcers recovered huge number of Jihadi books, documentary, audio and video clips.

Details will be disclosed in press briefing at Mirpur office later.

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Marjan`s father `held` http://bdupdated.com/archives/102 http://bdupdated.com/archives/102#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:07:57 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=102 Detectives held father of Nurul Islam Marjan, one of the alleged masterminds of Gulshan terror attack that left 22 people killed. People posing as members of Detective Branch picked Nizam Uddin up from Afuria village in Pabna on Monday evening, his relatives say. But Pabna Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) declined over detaining of …

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Detectives held father of Nurul Islam Marjan, one of the alleged masterminds of Gulshan terror attack that left 22 people killed.

People posing as members of Detective Branch picked Nizam Uddin up from Afuria village in Pabna on Monday evening, his relatives say.

But Pabna Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) declined over detaining of Nizam Uddin.

Mohammad Rana and Sagar Hossain Rony, residents of the village, said they saw people identifying themselves as DB men picking Nizam up.

Marjan`s full name is Nurul Islam Marjan, former student of Chittagong University Arabic Department. He is fifth of his parents` five children of Hemayetpur village of Pabna Sadar.

Pabna Police Super Alamgir Kabir said no drive was conducted to detain Marjan`s father.

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Bangladesh charges seven over killing of Italian aid worker http://bdupdated.com/archives/48 http://bdupdated.com/archives/48#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:41:44 +0000 http://bdupdated.com/?p=48 Bangladeshi police have charged seven people, including an opposition politician, over the murder of an Italian aid worker. Cesare Tavella, 50, was shot dead in the capital, Dhaka, in late September. The attack was the first in a series of killings in Bangladesh claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS). However, the government says IS …

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Bangladeshi police have charged seven people, including an opposition politician, over the murder of an Italian aid worker.

Cesare Tavella, 50, was shot dead in the capital, Dhaka, in late September.

The attack was the first in a series of killings in Bangladesh claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).

However, the government says IS does not have a presence in the country, and has blamed local militant groups and the opposition BNP party instead.

The opposition has denied any involvement, and says the government’s accusations have hampered a credible investigation into the killings.

Attacks on foreigners in Bangladesh are rare, correspondents say, but Islamist violence has surged recently.

More than 40 people, including secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists and members of religious minorities, have been killed in attacks blamed on Islamist militants in Bangladesh since February 2013.

Five of those charged with the murder of Mr Tavella are in custody. Two, including a leading BNP politician, are still being sought by the authorities, BBC Bengali’s Waliur Rahman in Dhaka reports.

Who is behind the Bangladesh killings?

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Who is being targeted?

Bangladeshi police officers stand guard at the site where an Italian charity worker was shot to death by attackers in Dhaka on September 29, 2015Image copyrightAFP

Secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, and members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus have all been killed, many of them hacked to death.

A university professor whose family said he was not an atheist was murdered in April, suggesting the list of those at risk had widened further.

Who exactly is behind the attacks remains unclear. Bangladesh has myriad extremist groups and there have been few convictions over the attacks.

Many of the attacks have been claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) or al-Qaeda linked groups.

However, the government has disputed these claims. Instead, government members have blamed opposition parties and local Islamist groups. Bangladesh’s home minister has suggested an Israeli link to the killings, describing an “international conspiracy” against Bangladesh.

Both the opposition and the Israeli government have denied any involvement – and Israel described the accusations as “utter drivel”.

Until the killings stop, the Bangladeshi government itself will face accusations of not doing enough to protect minorities in the Sunni-dominated nation.

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