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Bangladesh court cancels registration of Jamaat-e-Islami

Press Trust of India
Aug 01, 2013 at 03:22pm IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh's biggest right-wing party Jamaat-e-Islami was banned from contesting future polls by a court on Thursday in Dhaka which cancelled its registration in a landmark ruling, leaving the once-most powerful fundamentalist party with an uncertain future.

The bench of justices M Moazzam Husain, M Enayetur Rahim, and Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque passed the judgement accepting a writ petition that challenged the legality of Jamaat-e-Islami's registration as a political party.

Bangladesh Tariqat Federation's Secretary General Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others had filed the writ petition on January 25, 2009.

Bangladesh court cancels registration of Jamaat-e-Islami

Several top Jamaat leaders were recently sentenced either to death or to long jail terms for atrocities during the 1971 war.

In the petition, they said Jamaat-e-Islami was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh. Thursday's verdict comes at a time when the demand for outlawing the party, blamed for war crimes during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan, was mounting.

Several top Jamaat leaders, including its 91-year-old supremo Ghulam Azam, were recently sentenced either to death or to long jail terms for masterminding atrocities during the war.

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