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.
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