Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Islamist party leader arrested for war crimes
Special tribunal accuses Mir Kashem Ali of running torture cellMir Kashem Ali (wearing black coat) is the eighth person charged with crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war of Bangladesh (www.bangla.irib.ir)
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- June 18, 2012
Ali was arrested at the Dhaka office of Naya Digante, the newspaper which he owns, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Masudur Rahman, hours after International Crimes Tribunal-1 issued a special warrant.
Prosecution lawyer Rana Dasgupta told the tribunal that Ali was a unit leader of Al Badar, a group created by Pakistanâs occupation army during the war, and the head of a torture cell in Bangladeshâs second-largest city Chittagong.
Dasgupta said the warrant was issued amid fears Ali would flee the country, as was the case with another war crimes suspect, Abul Kalam Azad Bacchu.
âBeing a core leader withÂ Jamaat, Mir Kashem Ali also led propaganda in the UK and Middle East countries to halt the ongoing war crimes trial,â Dasgupta told the tribunal.
Ali is the eighth person to be arrested on war crimes charges since the special tribunal was established in March 2010. Six of those taken into custody are members of Jamaat, the largest Islamist party in the country and a political ally of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The other two defendants are from the BNP.
Critics of the tribunal accuse the process of being politically motivated by the ruling Awami League while falling short of international standards of justice.
The government has pledged to hold accountable those deemed to be responsible for atrocities during Bangladeshâs war of independence, which claimed the lives of as many as three million people.