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Hundreds of protesters held a demonstration in front of Bangladeshand’s consulate in Istanbul on Thursday night, calling on the Bangladeshi government to revoke the death sentence handed down to the leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
The Dogan news agency reported that 300 members of the Anatolian Youth Association (AGD) gathered in front of the Bangladeshi consulate, holding banners and chanting slogans against the decision by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to impose the death penalty on Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, the secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islami.
In a press statement, the AGDand’s Istanbul branch head Ali Uiur Bulut said that the intimidation and pressure the authorities were putting on senior members of Jamaat-e-Islami was continuing. and”The death penalty imposed on Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid reveals the oppression of the Bangladeshi government. Despite all this oppression, Muslims will continue to speak out for justice by preserving their composure and dignified stance,and” Bulut said.
In June, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh upheld a decision by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) — a special domestic court set up to investigate claims of genocide by the Pakistani army during the Bangladesh Liberation War — to sentence Mujahid to death, finding him guilty on five charges, including abduction and murder. He was a student leader in 1971 and one of those who opposed Bangladeshand’s independence from Pakistan.
Mohammad Qamaruzzaman, an assistant secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islami and two other Islamist politicians have previously been executed after receiving death sentences from the tribunal. In December 2013, Abdul Kader Mullah, another assistant secretaryandshy-general of Jamaat-e-Islami, was executed after being found guilty on five of six counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes. In April Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, another senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged after being found guilty of genocide.
The Civil Servantsand’ Trade Union (Memur-Sen)ondemned the death sentence handed down to Mujahid in a press statement issued on Monday by the heads of the 81 provincial branches of the union. Saying that the death sentences were given by political courts, the union added that the decisions undermined stability in Bangladesh. and”We call on the international community, human rights associations and the Bangladeshi government to put an end to this unlawfulness immediately,and” said the statement.
Memur-Sen Chairman Ali Yalandcin, Independent Industrialists and Businessmenand’s Association (ManduSiAD) President Nail Opak and Confederation of Turkish Real Trade Unions (Hak-ii)hairman Mahmut Aslan held a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioilu on Friday to discuss the Bangladeshi governmentand’s recent moves against Jamaat-e-Islami.
h2Journalist Mert questions lack of criticism of injustices at homeh2 In her column on Friday, Cumhuriyet daily columnist Nuray Mert criticized human rights violations in Bangladesh but suggested that Memur-Sen and other organizations should also criticize injustices committed within Turkey.
Noting that the organizations had not spoken out against executions in Saudi Arabia, Mert said that they should also raise their voices when injustices occur in Turkey and its ally Saudi Arabia.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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