December 2, 2023

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest courtroom on Sunday dismissed an enchantment by the nation’s largest Islamic celebration in search of to overturn a 2013 ruling that barred it from collaborating in elections for violating the constitutional provision of secularism

Bangladesh is ready to carry its subsequent nationwide elections on Jan. 7. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court docket headed by Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan handed out the ruling. Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s essential lawyer didn’t seem earlier than the courtroom on account of “private issues” and his petition, filed beforehand, in search of to postpone the listening to for six weeks was additionally rejected.

The Excessive Court docket’s choice 10 years in the past canceled the celebration’s registration with the Election Fee, thus stopping it from collaborating in elections or utilizing celebration symbols. However it didn’t ban it from political particpation.

The federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, after coming to energy in 2009, sought to strive Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s prime leaders for his or her position in acts of genocide and conflict crimes in the course of the nation’s independence conflict. Some have been hanged or given life sentences since 2013.

“The decision of the Excessive Court docket has been upheld,” Tania Amir, a lawyer who stood in opposition to the Jamaat-e-Islami celebration, mentioned Sunday.

“In the event that they (Jamaat-e-Islami) try any conferences, rallies or gatherings or determine their celebration as authorized to any excessive fee, embassy, international company or state, we’re at liberty to carry a brand new cost of contempt of courtroom in opposition to them and an injunction,” she mentioned.

However Matiur Rahman Akanda, a lawyer for the celebration, mentioned that it will proceed to be politically energetic.

“The courtroom gave its opinion on whether or not the registration (with the Election Fee) can be upheld,” he mentioned, “there isn’t any option to ban politics constitutionally.”

There have lengthy been a number of calls in Bangladesh by secular forces and others to ban the Islamic celebration, however the authorities hasn’t complied. The US additionally considers it a average Islamic celebration.

Regardless of Sunday’s choice by the Excessive Court docket, it once more remained unclear if Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami may proceed its actions. Normally, the Ministry of Residence Affairs is the entity that bans radical teams deemed as anti-state.

Jamaat-e-Islami has been a key companion to the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Social gathering led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who has been the archrival of the present head of presidency, Hasina, for many years. The Islamist celebration and Zia shared energy in 2001-2006 when the latter was the premier

In January, Hasina will search to return to energy for a fourth consecutive time period whereas Zia’s celebration has threatened to boycott the polls. The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami says in addition they will boycott elections underneath Hasina.