At the end of the war, following Bangladeshi liberation, Khan’s diary was recovered from his residence. In it was found a list of names and addresses of several prominent Bengalis targeted as victims in the war, including a number of professors from Dhaka University (DU), where hundreds of students were slain. Lists of individuals marked for death, such as the one discovered in Khan’s diary, were routinely kept by JI and its al-Badr operatives.
Soon, Khan was found guilty in absentia [as he fled the area] by a Bangladesh court for his role in the 1971 atrocities. According to reports, his driver, named Mofizuddin, testified that Khan had personally shot and murdered at least seven of the DU faculty, whose names were found in Khan’s book. This confession led to the recovery of the bodies of those whom Khan is said to have killed.
As stated in the Bangladesh International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973, Section 4, “Any commander or superior officer who orders, permits, acquiesces or participates in the commission of [crimes against humanity or genocide] or is connected with any plans and activities involving the commission of such crimes or who fails or omits to discharge his duty to maintain discipline, or to control or supervise the actions of the persons under his command or his subordinates, whereby such persons or subordinates or any of them commit any such crimes, or who fails to take necessary measures to prevent the commission of such crimes, is guilty of such crimes.”
Khan has been the subject of at least one U.S. investigation seeking to verify the allegations made against him. In a November 2009 article published in the Daily Sangbad of Bangladesh, it was reported that a letter was sent by the U.S. Justice Department to the Bangladesh Home Ministry requesting “all the documents and relevant information” relating to Khan and his participation in the 1971 killings. In the report, Khan is referred to as “chief executioner.”
Apparently none of this has deterred Khan from making his presence known in the United States. In fact, it seems he revels in the spotlight, as his likeness from the “Islamophobia” event was shown prominently on national television.
The Islamic Circle of North America, of which Khan has served as both National Secretary General and National Vice President, placed on its website images from the event with him featured in them, and the Islamic Society of North America did the same in this month’s edition of its publication Horizons.
If Khan is trying to send a message by thrusting himself into the public’s eye, he is doing a great job of it.
And if his accusers are correct, and Ashrafuzzaman Khan was the death squad leader they claim he was, then maybe it’s a job that will finally bring him to justice – behind bars or under the needle.
Joe Kaufman is the Chairman of Americans Against Hate and the founder of CAIR Watch. He has been responsible for the closure of at least one terror-related charity and has convinced a number of government officials to shun the Hamas front group, CAIR. In June 2009, he won a lawsuit brought against him by seven Dallas-area radical Muslim organizations.
Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor assisted with this report.
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