Bangladesh`s prison authorities have said fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami was fit for court appearance, 10 days after a special tribunal deferred the verdict on war crimes charges against him due to his sickness.
Bangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said legal obstacles barred her government from pursuing further charges against the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for crimes during the 1971 war as she backed her law minister, under fire for going soft on the Islamists.
Bangladesh`s Supreme Court today wrapped up the appeal hearing against the judgement of a special tribunal that had sentenced to death a key 1971 war crimes suspect with the final verdict due any day now.
People like slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden do not die but stay alive in the hearts of people and become a "symbol of struggle", Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan said in the Pakistani capital today.
Seven activists of the opposition BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami were arrested for attacks on Bangladesh`s minority Hindu community even as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday promised stern action against the perpetrators.
Bangladesh`s main Islamist party was banned from weekend elections and many of its leaders are in custody or face execution, but moves to marginalise Jamaat-e-Islami will ultimately backfire, analysts say.
Bangladesh PM rime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday criticised her arch-rival BNP chief Khaleda Zia for her silence on a Pakistani parliamentary resolution against the hanging of a fundamentalist leader for war crimes.