Ghulam Azam's burial today

Ghulam Azam's burial today
The body of Ghulam Azam, symbol of war crimes in Bangladesh, who breathed his last at 10:10pm on Thursday at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University. The 92-year-old was shifted to the unit on October 9 from the hospital's prison cell where he had been kept after being convicted to 90 years in jail for genocide and crimes against humanity. The photo was taken in front of his house in the capital's Moghbazar yesterday.

The body of Ghulam Azam, the symbol of war crimes in Bangladesh, will be buried at his family graveyard in capital's Moghbazar after his namaz-e-janaza at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Zohr prayers today.

Ghulam Azam had expressed a wish to be laid to rest beside his father's grave, Abdullahil Aman Azmi, the son of the former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer, told The Daily Star.

The namaz-e-janaza and the burial had been delayed as the family was waiting for five of the six sons of Ghulam Azam to arrive from abroad.

Meanwhile, different organisations demanded the authorities should not allow Ghulam Azam to be buried in Bangladesh for his anti-liberation role in 1971.

They said Ghulam Azam's remains should be sent to Pakistan as he had led the anti-liberation force in committing war crimes.

The Awami League led 14-party alliance of Nabinagar in Brahmanbaria, Ghulam Azam's ancestral home, brought out a protest procession there yesterday demanding that his body be not taken to Nabinagar, reported ATN News.

Ghulam Azam, who had been serving 90-years' imprisonment for masterminding war crimes during the Liberation War, died Thursday night at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka at the age of 92.

Advertisement On July 15 last year, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down the sentence after finding him guilty of the offences of conspiracy, planning, incitement, and complicity in crimes against humanity and genocide and murders during the war.

Earlier in the day, the jail authorities handed over his body to his family members after an autopsy at the Dhaka Medical College morgue.

Azmi received the body.

His body was taken to his Moghbazar home and kept in the hearse which took it there. His body will remain in the hearse parked in front of his home, said Azmi.

Many went to see the body and security in the area had been beefed up.

Ghulam Azam had expressed a wish that his namaz-e-janaza be conducted by his party colleague Motiur Rahman Nizami or Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Different pro-liberation organisations and individuals protested the proposal. Both of them are convicts -- Sayedee is serving life imprisonment for war crimes and Nizami got the death penalty for arms smuggling in the 10-truck arms haul case. Nizami is being tried for war crimes too.

Ghulam's lawyer Tajul Islam told The Daily Star, "We are not going to seek their [Sayedee and Nizami] parole as his [Ghulam Azam] family didn't find it realistic."

Azmi will conduct the janaza, BBC Bangla Service reported.

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