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War criminal Ghulam Azam to be buried at Moghbazar
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-10-24,  Publish Time : 09:45,  View Count : 63
The ‘supreme leader’ of those who opposed independence and was responsible for sending scores of Bengalis to their early graves, War criminal Ghulam Azam, will be buried at the family graveyard at Dhaka's Moghbazar, his family says.

One of his sons Abdullahil Amaan Azmi, however, said no specific date had been set for the Namaz-e-Janaza and burial of the former Jamaat-e-Islami chief.

The 92-year-old Jamaat guru, sentenced to 90 years in jail for his crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War, died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital on Thursday night.

Azmi at the hospital told reporters, "He will be buried beside his father at the family graveyard at Moghbazar. My five brothers live abroad. The burial will take place after their return."

Regarding his Namaz-e-Janaza, Azmi said, "My father in his last wish wanted either Motiur Rahman Nizami or Delwar Hossain Sayedee to conduct his Janaza.

“But since both of them are in jail, party leaders and our family will discuss and decide who will now conduct it."

The body of Ghulam Azam has been taken to his Moghbazar residence in the capital from Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Friday morning.

The body was handed over to his son Abdullah Aman Azmi  around 7am.

The body was handed over to his son Abdullah Aman Azmi
 around 7am.
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Earlier, Ghulam Azam's defence lawyer Tajul Islam also told reporters about the former Jamaat chief's 'wish' regarding the funeral prayers and burial.

"Now he is dead. We hope the government will fulfil his last two wishes," he said.

Azam had been kept at the BSMMU prison cell since he stood trial at the International Crimes Tribunal for his 1971 war crimes.

He was treated at the hospital even after the verdict on the war crimes case on July 15 last year.

He was put on life support around 9:30pm on Thursday.

BSMMU Director Brig Gen Abdul Majid Bhuiyan told the media that Azam had died "within about half an hour of him being put on life support system".


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