The Bangladesh government has filed a petition with its International Crimes Tribunal, to try four top Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leaders, arrested in connection with “war crimes” committed in 1971. They are accused of targeting thousands of unarmed civilians, mainly sympathisers of the movement against the then East Pakistan authorities and religious minorities, in the run-up to independence.
The allegations against them include genocide, murder, rape, torture, looting and arson.
Will the length of time that has passed since the alleged crimes took place affect the efficacy of the prosecution case? Let’s hope not. But we shall see.