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Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin (Bengali: চৌধুরী মঈনুদ্দীন) is the chairman of Muslim Aid, Vice-Chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre. He has been accused of participating in war crimes during Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 as the Operations-in-Charge of Al-Badr.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

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CareerEdit

Mr. Mueen-Uddin was a journalist at the Daily Purbodesh in 1971. He was a member of Islami Chhatra Shangha (ICS) which was a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.[1][3][5]

Mr. Mueen-Uddin was a special editor of the London-based weekly Dawat and a leader of the London-based Jamaat organization Dawatul Islam.[4] He was Deputy Director (1995–2005) of the Islamic Foundation, Markfield, Leicestershire which acts as the UK headquarters of the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami.[8][9][2] He is a Director of Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the The United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS), a member of Multi Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC), Chairman of Muslim Aid, Vice Chairman of East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre.[2]

Alleged War CrimesEdit

In 1971, Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, a former member of (ICS), became a member of Al-Badr - a gang constituted of members of the ICS to support and assist the Pakistan army against Mukti Bahini during Liberation war of Bangladesh.[1]

The Al-Badr Cadres abducted and killed hundreds of progressive Bangali intellectuals on December 14, 1971. Mr. Mueen-Uddin was the operation-in-charge[6][10] of this killing mission.[3]

Mr. Mueen-Uddin was identified by the wife of Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury, a Professor of Bengali in Dhaka University as one of the abductors of her husband.[3] He is a prime suspect of abduction of Golam Mustofa, a fellow reporter of their paper Daily Purbodesh.[10]

Dr Mohammad Mortaza and Prof Sirajul Haq, the teachers of Dhaka University were taken away by Al-Badr gang on December 14, 1971. Dr Mortoza's wife and Prof Sirajul's son could identify two of the abductors. Mr. Mueen-Uddin was one of them.[11]

ProsecutionEdit

Professor Farida Banu, sister of murdered intellectual Professor Giasuddin, filed a case with Ramna Police Station on September 24, 1997, against two Al-Badr cadres, for killing her brother on December 14 in 1971. Mr. Mueen-Uddin was one of those accused. The investigation officer of the case, senior assistant superintendent Munshi Atiqur Rahman, (presently retired) proclaimed that after a primary investigation they sent the file to home ministry. In January 2000, the home ministry sent the file to the law ministry and it never came back.[12][11]

ControversiesEdit

A report was published on The Guardian describing Mr. Mueen-Uddin’s acts in the Liberation war of Bangladesh. But the report was withdrawn upon receiving a complaint from the solicitors of Mr. Mueen-Uddin.[7][13][6]

ReferencesEdit


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