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Convicted in Bangladesh - what it means in the UK
by Martin Bright
This week one of Britain's most prominent Muslim leaders was found guilty of war crimes during Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin's pedigree as one of the great and the good of his community is well established: he was one of the founders of the Muslim Council of Britain, a vice-chair of the powerful and controversial East London Mosque and a director of spiritual care provision in the NHS.
But he has now been found guilty in absentia of involvement in the "disappearances" of intellectuals opposed to Bangladeshi independence during his time as a leader of the brutal al-Badr brigade student militia. He and other Islamist members of the Islamist Jamaat-i-Islami sided with the ruling Pakistan government during the conflict.
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