A while back Harry’s Place and later this site publicised the story of Chowdhury Mueen Uddin. Uddin had been working for the British National Health Service as director of Muslim Spiritual Care Provision for the state healthcare agency.
Yesterday the Daily Mail carried a story on how Uddin is wanted in Bangladesh for allegedly taking part in the mass murders of independence campaigners during the Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971.
Although the Mail has carried this story very late when compared with the various blogs that have covered this story, it is good to see the mainstream media waking up and seeing just what sort of dodgy people managed to worm their way into the heart of the state.
The Daily Mail said:
“Britain faces an extradition row over an influential Muslim leader wanted in his native Bangladesh to face charges of committing torture and murder.
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, 63, who was director of Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS and chairman of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy, is accused of killing 18 independence activists during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971.
If found guilty there would be demands he face the death penalty. Britain, which does not have an extradition treaty with Bangladesh, refuses to extradite people who are at risk of execution.”
I wonder how many ordinary people care one bit whether or not a genocidaire leaves this world via a trapdoor or not? Probably not many.
Uddin appears to have a body count of at least 18. The Mail said:
“Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) – which has been set up to try the country’s most notorious war criminals still alive – has announced that it has completed its year-long investigation into Mr Mueen-Uddin. The ICT’s prosecution wing will announce formal charges against him in the next few days, said a senior official at the tribunal.
Sanaul Huq, the Inspector-General of Bangladesh’s national police force, who is co-ordinating the ICT investigation, said his investigators believe that Mr Mueen-Uddin killed dozens of people during the independence war, but they can link him only to 18 murders with evidence and eyewitness testimonies.”
Uddin hasn’t exactly kept his head down since coming to the United Kingdom, the Daily Mail added:
“Over the decades, he became one of Britain’s most influential Muslim leaders, was instrumental in setting up the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), and is now one of the trustees of the UK’s leading Islamic charity, Muslim Aid.
Mr Mueen-Uddin was one of the chief Islamic leaders who mobilised thousands of British Muslims to protest against the publication of Salman Rushdie’s controversial book, The Satanic Verses, in 1989.
He led a group of Muslim leaders who went to Downing Street to hand a petition against publication of the book to Margaret Thatcher, who was Prime Minister at the time.
Mr Mueen-Uddin has also met Prince Charles, including one occasion when the heir to the throne visited the East London Mosque in 2010.”
It is astonishing that this alleged mass murderer was allowed not only to settle here but also to rise up the way he has. Surely when he started to become prominent in British Islamic politics someone would have asked questions about his background? If he was getting to the stage of respectability that he was meeting the Heir to the Throne then would he not be vetted or at least checked out by MI5? Would not even a counterterrorist check (CTC), that most basic of security checks, show up that Uddin was dodgy?
It is good to see the Uddin story getting mainstream publicity but Uddin’s presence in the United Kingdom, and his seemingly unstoppable rise from fleeing fugitive to hobnobbing with the Prince of Wales, raise many questions like the ones above.
Original story in the Daily Mail
Post from this blog about the Uddin case with a link to the Harry’s Place blog which featured the story.