Jamaat leader Kashem is released on bail after 'war crimes arrest'
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali coming out of the International Crimes Tribunal after the day's proceedings, he was arrested in connection with war crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
International Crimes Tribunal-1 will pass an order on Tuesday whether it would grant bail to war crimes suspect Jamaat leader Mir Kashem Ali. The tribunal fixed the date on Monday after hearing on Mir Kashem’s bail petition had ended.
Defence lawyers appealed for his bail when the court started the day’s proceedings around 10:40am in presence of Mir Kashem. After placing the bail petition before the tribunal, defence lawyer Abdur Razzak said Mir Kashem should be granted bail as the 63-year-old central Jamaat leader was sick.
The defence counsel further said Kashem is a dignified person and he has no intension of fleeing.While prosecution said Kashem, a very influential person, might hamper the investigation and threaten the witnesses if he is free. Less than two hours after the court issued an arrest warrant against him, Kashem was arrested at the office of Bangla daily Naya Diganta at Motijheel on Sunday for his alleged involvement with the crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
The tribunal later sent him to jail with a custodial warrant. Mir Kashem, who lived in Harirampur of Manikganj in Chittagong in 1971, was known as Mintu then. In his youth, he was an activist of the Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Six top Jamaat leaders--Ghulam Azam, Matiur Rahman Nizami, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, Kamaruzzaman and Quader Mollah--and two BNP leaders--Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Abdul Alim--are now being tried before the tribunals.