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Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad yesterday published a list of 600 war criminals responsible for the mass killings, rapes and other misdeeds during the country's Liberation War.

Twenty-two of the war criminals, including Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, are contesting the December 29 national polls.

Publishing the list at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium, the Sangsad urged voters to say 'no' to the war criminals in the upcoming election.

"We've drawn up the list on the basis of our research, field-level investigation and examination of relevant documents for a period of two years," said Dr SM Jahangir Alam, vice-president of the Sangsad.

Delwar Hossain Saydee, Maulana Abdus Sobhan, ATM Azharul Islam, Riasat Ali Biswas, Maulana Sakhawat Hossain, Shah Mohammad Ruhul Kuddus and Golam Parwar are among the high-profile Jamaat leaders on the list and participating in the polls.

Former BNP lawmakers Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Giasuddin Quader Chowdhury are also on the list.

The list and evidence will be handed over to the government and Election Commission so that the war criminals could be tried as well as to disqualify them in the elections, it said.

Besides, the names of the war criminals would be circulated to the international community.

Local collaborators who are on the list and still alive mostly belong to Jamaat-e-Islami. Some of them who were then involved in the politics of Muslim League and Nezame Islam have now become leaders of BNP, said Dr Jahangir.

The Sangsad has also mentioned details of most of the war criminals on the list. All the 600 war criminals were accused under the Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunals) Order 1972.

The list shows that Golam Azam was supposed to appear before the court on February 22, 1972.

Maulana Abdus Sobhan, another war criminal who is contesting Pabna-5, was supposed to appear before the court on February 29, 1972.

The leaders of the Sangsad said it would not be possible to bring the war criminals to justice if they win in the upcoming election.


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