Jamaat calls 2-day hartal protesting Azhar's death sentence

Jamaat calls 2-day hartal protesting Azhar’s death sentence

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Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami bids farewell to 2014 and greet the New Year with a two-day hartal beginning today (Wednesday) protesting death sentence one of its assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam on the charge of crimes against humanity during the war of liberation in 1971.
Acting ameer of Jamaat Maqbul Ahmed called the shutdown across the country through a press statement soon after death sentence was pronounced by International Crime Tribunal-1 yesterday afternoon.The dawn-to-dusk hartal will begin at 6:00am and end at 5:30pm both Wednesday and Thursday.
In the statement, the Jamaat ameer accused the government of hatching conspiracy to kill Azharul Islam and claimed he has became the victim of continuous conspiracy.
He alleged that Azhar was implicated in false cases on false and fabricated charges.
Terming the verdict as “injustice” to Azhar, the Jamaat ameer said they would file appeal before the Appellate Division.
He believes that the convict Jamaat leader would be relieved of the charges if “justice is ensured”.
The Jamaat leader called upon the party leaders and activists and people to make the hartal programmes a success.
Hospital, ambulance, fire service and vehicles carrying journalists and dead bodies will remain from out of the preview of hartal.
Earlier, Jamaat also observed a number of hartals after every of its senior leadership undergoing trials for crimes against humanity was sentenced to death or different terms in prisons. – Staff Reporter

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