Bangladesh court disqualifies largest Islamic party from election
Published Thursday, August 1, 2013 8:36AM EDT
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A Bangladesh court has disqualified the country's largest Islamic party from taking part in the next general election, saying it opposes secularism.
The High Court panel ruled Thursday that the opposition Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party's regulations violate the constitutional provision of secularism.
The ruling comes four years after a group of citizens filed a petition seeking to cancel Jamaat's registration with the Election Commission, saying the party wants to introduce Islamic Shariah law in the Muslim-majority country.
Jamaat's lawyer said it will appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court.
Jamaat opposed Bangladesh's 1971 independence war against Pakistan. It has been under pressure since 2010, when the government put its top leaders on trial on charges of crimes against humanity during the war.