Ghulam Azam (aka Bangladesh’s Hitler) Gets 90 Years

Ghulam Azam

What do you get when you mix Hitler with Bangladesh? Ghulam Azam, also known as Bangladesh’s Hitler.

Ghulam Azam, the Islamist leader affectionately not so affectionately known as the Hitler of Bangladesh, had been accused of masterminding the human-rights violations during the country’s 1971 war against Pakistan.

Today the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced 90-year-old Ghulam Azam to 90 years in jail – a sentence that was considered fairly lenient given many had called for the death penalty. Apparently the tribunal took some pity on him given his advanced age and health complications.

Azam was found guilty of five charges of planning, conspiracy, incitement, complicity, and murder during the war, which the government says killed three million people (although independent researchers say the number is more like 500,000).

Not everyone was pleased with the verdict. Actually no one at all seemed pleased with the verdict. Some really wanted the death penalty:

“He was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in all five charges and jailed (for) 90 years. The tribunal observed that he deserved (the) death penalty. Some kind of justice is done, but we are not happy,” said junior attorney general M.K. Rahman.

And supporters of Ghulam Azam, the wartime head of the country’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and now its spiritual leader, didn’t want a penalty at all. Violence broke out even before the verdict was read with supporters of Bangladesh’s main Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party clashing with police.

Considering previous International Crimes Tribunal verdicts for former Jamaat leaders have led to deadly protests, things will probably get violent before they get… non-violent? In any case, it will make the Zimmerman protests look like child’s play.

Via: The Times of India

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