Hartal announced to mark Ghulam Azam’s verdict as violent clashes erupt in Dhaka
Following the announcement that Prof Ghulam Azam’s trial verdict is to be delivered on Monday July 15, opposition Jamaat-e-Islami has called a nationwide hartal on the same day. Student group, Chattra Shibir, have joined the call to observe the hartal.
Azam was longtime Ameer [head] of Jamaat prior to his retirement from active politics in 2000. He has been charged with alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the 1971 War of Independence. His party has called the International Crimes Tribunal, under which Prof Azam is being tried, as politically motivated by the ruling Awami League party to eliminate opposition leaders. Most of the accused are the senior leaders of Jamaat and BNP. All verdicts issued thus far have been convictions.
ICT-1 announced on Sunday that the verdict for Prof Azam would be the following day on Monday.
Meanwhile clashes have been reported in Dhaka’s Paltan between Jamaat protesters and police. 15 people have been injured, including four policemen, and ten arrested.
Elsewhere in the capital, the head of Jamaat’s Tejgaon district, Professor Abul Ala Muhammed Iqbal, was arrested by police following a Jamaat rally he was participant in. After arrest, Prof Iqbal reportedly fell dangerously ill in the police van. His health condition worsening, he was taken to hospital where he passed away at 3.30pm.