• Thursday, December 18, 2014

Freedom in the air

Ghulam Azam shifted to CCU

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This January 11, 2013 photo shows law enforcers taking Ghulam Azam inside a prison van in front of Dhaka Central Jail just before he was taken to BSMMU prison cell.
This January 11, 2013 photo shows law enforcers taking Ghulam Azam inside a prison van in front of Dhaka Central Jail just before he was taken to BSMMU prison cell.

Former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam, who is serving 90-year imprisonment for war crimes, was shifted to coronary care unit (CCU) of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) this morning after complaining breathing problem.

Azam, now 92, was taken to the CCU from BSMMU Prison Cell around 10:30am after he complained of respiratory problem, , BSMMU Director (Hospital) Brig Gen (retd) Abdul Majid Bhuiyan told The Daily Star over cell phone around noon. 

But now his physical condition is stable, he added. 

International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Azam to 90 years in prison on July 15 last year for masterminding crimes against humanity, genocide and other wartime offences in 1971.

He was arrested in the war crimes case on January 11, 2012, after the tribunal took the charges into cognisance. The prosecution on January 5, 2012, brought 62 specific charges against him.

On May 13, 2012, the tribunal indicted him on five charges of crimes against humanity based on 61 incidents of murder and torture of unarmed people; and conspiracy, planning, incitement and complicity to commit genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1971 war.

Ghulam Azam was ameer (chief) of East Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami during the Liberation War in 1971. He also became ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat in 1991. He left the party’s top post in 2000 through handing over charge of the party to war crimes accused Motiur Rahman Nizami.

In the nine-month war of independence, Ghulam Azam and his party played an active role in trying to prevent the birth of Bangladesh and collaborated with the Pakistan army in the killing of 3 million Bangalees and the rape of more than a quarter million women.

Published: 12:31 pm Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Last modified: 9:34 pm Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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