Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, a convicted war criminal of Bangladesh living in the UK, has sued UK home secretary Priti Patel for £60,000 in libel damages after she shared a report on Twitter linking him to war crimes during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971, reports Daily Mail.
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, 71, who strenuously denies claims linking him to the killing of pro-independence activists during the country’s civil war in the 1970s, alleges that he was defamed in a Home Office report last year.
The lawsuit says the Challenging Hateful Extremism document by the Commission for Countering Extremism was shared on the Home Office’s Twitter account, which has almost one million followers, and retweeted by Ms Patel and others – including BBC journalist Mishal Husain and the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
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Mueen Uddin, who helped found the Muslim Council of Great Britain and was pictured in 2003 with Prince Charles while vice-chairman of the East London Mosque, alleges the report libelled him by stating that he was responsible for serious criminal violence, including crimes against humanity, during the Bangladeshi war of independence in 1971.
The father-of-four, who lives in North London, insists he has not committed war crimes, is not a link between the perpetrators of the 1971 violence and the leadership of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party’s UK branch and is not and never has been a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami political group.
Seven years ago, Mueen Uddin was convicted in his absence of crimes against humanity for allegedly leading a militia said to have killed 18 intellectuals while it fought the split from Pakistan.