BRITISH HOME SECRETARY ASKED TO DETAIN AND
DEPORT JAMAAT CHIEF NIZAMI
A group of Barristers and community activists today (12.11.2007) sent a notice to British Home Secretary Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith to cancel Mr. Nizami’s UK visa, detain and remove him from United Kingdom, because his presence in UK was not conducive to public good, for his alleged promotion of terrorism, involvement in killings and for his active participation in “propagating, instigating, planning and supervising crimes that resulted in killings of millions of unarmed civilians in 1971 in Bangladesh.”
Mr. Nizami is currently visiting UK. The petitioners referred to Mr. Nizami’s alleged involvement as President of Islami Chattra Shangha and head of notorious Para-military organization, the Al-Badar, in Crime of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and other international crimes during Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
The notice also referred to cases filed against Mr. Nizami regarding his alleged involvement in August 21. 2004 grenade attacks on Awami League rally, his attempt to divert attention to potential threats of Islamic terrorists in Bangladesh by characterizing such reports on terrorists as “media’s creation” and killing of Worker Party activist on October 28, 2006.
Referring specific provisions of law, the notice pointed out failures of the British government to take into account, while issuing visa, facts that Mr. Nizami has been charged in Bangladesh with a criminal offence, his involvement or suspected involvement in war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, alleged support or encouragements of terrorist activities, for expressing views shielding terrorist activities.
The petitioners reminded the Home Secretary of UK Government policy to detain or deport a suspected War Criminal to ensure public safety. It mentioned that Mr. Nizami’s presence in UK “is a danger to public” and his visa is revoked forthwith and he is detained for public safety. The petitioners further mentioned that Mr. Nizami could be prosecuted under Geneva Convention and or under the UK’s relevant War Crimes Act.
The notice was signed, amongst others, by Barrister Chowdhury Hafizur Rahman, Barrister Showgatul Anwar Khan, Barrister M. Mazedul Islam, Barrister Rafiqul Islam Milton, Barrister Abul Kalam Chowdhury and Journalist Mr. Prashanto B. Barua.
London, November 12, 2007
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