The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has issued a condemnation of the the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, the Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh’s Jamat-e-Islami (JEI) party in connection with war crimes committed during the country’s war of independence in 1971. According to the MCB statement:
The Bangladesh government has defied calls from the international community to act justly.
The United Nations made a last ditch attempt to call a halt to the execution. Human rights groups such as Amnesty International condemned this state murder, others, such as Human Rights Watch, criticised the trial of Mr Mollah that led to his execution.
And in Britain, the Foreign Office Minister Sayeeda Warsi had urged the Bangladesh government not to proceed. Baroness Warsi was joined by shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander.
Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB said:
‘It is a sad day for Bangladesh and sad day for democracy and justice. The trial process of Abdul Quader Molla was fraught with flaws and the international community including the UN and all respected Human Rights organisations world over strongly criticised the trial as unfair, biased and politically driven.’
‘Many British Bangladeshi Muslims still have ties to that country and there is deep unease that this act will propel Bangladesh, a country of some 155 million, into further instability at best, anarchy at worst.’
‘Bangladesh has a proud tradition of religious pluralism. We call on all Bangladeshis to exercise dignity and wisdom to preserve this pluralism following this unjust execution.’
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