DHAKA: Police across Bangladesh clashed Friday with protesters from Islamic political parties denouncing war crimes trials, killing four demonstrators and injuring dozens of people, police and witnesses said.
The nationwide protests were held separately by Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamic party, and an alliance of 12 other smaller Islamic parties. Jamaat called the demonstrations to denounce the war crimes trials of its top leaders.
Earlier this month, a special tribunal convicted Jamaat’s assistant secretary, Abdul Quader Mollah, of mass killings during the independence war against Pakistan and sentenced him to life in prison. Another eight leaders of the party are on trial on charges of atrocities during the nine-month war.
The alliance of 12 parties accuses the government of plotting to ban Islamic parties, an allegation denied by the government.