Solidarity with Chowdhury Mueenuddin


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Support from the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales, Saleem Kidwai OBE: “I had the pleasure in working with Chowdhry Mueenuddin, he is a real gentleman, he has been an innocent victim of blind justice by a politically motivated judge and the judicial system….(See blog postings below). Also  read the signatories’ comments: “If good men like C. Mueenuddin targetted this way, what future for others. Let us make a stand…”

Writers on the Salaam Blog website are aghast at the recent verdict passed by Bangladesh’s ‘International’ Crimes Tribunal on Mr Chowdhury Mueenuddin. So are Parliamentarians and distinguished members of British civil society:

Sir Stephen O’Brien (responding to this blog): I have worked closely with Chowdhury in recent years in my capacity as Chair of Barts Health and also in training NHS Chaplains with him. He has become a personal friend and I am sure he is subject to great l injustice in these charges. All his friends need to be very forthright in refuting them and I do not believe he has anything to answer for.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, CBE, FRSA, QC: “…Mr Mueen-Uddin’s case is highly troubling. Neither he nor his defence team was ever contacted by the Bangladeshi authorities. He was presented with no evidence. He still does not know the exact charges, relying solely on second hand media reports from Dhaka. Clearly, this case was nothing short of farcical.” (in the Huffington Post, 21 November)

Neil Jameson, Executive Director of Citizens UK and Lead Organiser of London Citizens – for his testimonial  (click here)

We invite fellow bloggers, voluntary sector bodies and community organisers in Britain to join the above in signing this message of solidarity with Mr Mueenuddin and his family in their times of stress and distress.

While he was opposed to the break up of Pakistan in 1971, Mr Mueenuddin’s activities at the time were of a political nature and unrelated to military action or atrocities at the time. He settled in Britain in 1972 and is a British citizen. He has excelled in serving the British Muslim community in a variety of roles, including working as Director of Muslim Care Provision in the NHS from 2004 to May 2013.

He was tried in abstentia and given a death sentence in a judicial process that lacked international supervision, over disputed events relating to the nation’s war of independence over forty years ago.
While he was opposed to the break up of Pakistan in 1971, Mr Mueenuddin’s activities at the time were of a political nature and unrelated to military action or atrocities at the time.

We believe the Awami League government of Bangladesh is using his trial as political manoeuvrings  to consolidate its position prior to the next general election in the country.

Chowdhury Mueenuddin has been a contributor to Salaam blogs.
For further details see
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/07/us-bangladesh-warcrimes-mueen-idUSBRE9A60J520131107

As well as his website:
http://www.chowdhurymueenuddin.com/bangladesh-allegations-responses.html

and

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24813078

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4 thoughts on “Solidarity with Chowdhury Mueenuddin

  1. I have worked closely with Chowdhury in recent years in my capacity as Chair of Barts Health and also in training NHS Chaplains with him. He has become a personal friend and I am sure he is subject to great l injustice in these charges. All his friends need to be very forthright in refuting them and I do not believe he has anything to answer for

  2. I think the only way forward for this saga to come to an end is for the case against Mr C Mueenuddin be heard in a British or European Court. Bangladesh judiciary is not independent and cannot be trusted to give fair justice as can be seen from what happened so far with the war crimes trial.

    Without a resolution that has broad support and perception of justice being done there will be no end to this saga and other trials in the Bangladesh ICT. Although the supporters of the trial will no doubt rejoice at the judgements and perhaps execution of some of those tried, but their rejoicing will not be with full heart as they know that the process is not considered to be fair by most international institutions. This rejoicing will be the emotion of revenge which many of us like and enjoy but if there is no clear cut fair justice the supporters of the ICT and Awami League will not be able to have the moral high ground. Their enjoyment will be challenged and they may take a more hard line and our country will continue to more divided.

    With respect to Mr C Mueenuddin, whether he is guilty or innocent, he will not be able to contest in a fair process the charges brought against him. The saga will linger on and there will be consequences for us all as there will not be a clear cut closure to the 1971 saga. Our judiciary in Bangladesh will probably take long time to recover, and the process of recovery may be further delayed by the continuation of perverting the judiciary by AL or BNP if they come to power.

    I would like to see some kind of process in the UK or Europe, if not through the courts, but by prominent lawyers setting up a mock trial to examine the charges and evidence and come to a conclusion. This kind of fair process will help us move forward.

  3. I had the pleasure in working with Chowdhry Mueenuddin, he is a real gentleman, he has been an innocent
    victim of blind justice by a politically motivated judge and the judicial system.
    may Allah SWT guard him guide him and protect him from the injustices of this world and bring the perpetrators of this injustice to His jurisdiction.
    Our prayers are and will always be with C. Mueenuddin.
    Saleem Kidwai OBE
    Secretary General
    Muslim Council of Wales

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