Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentences JI leader to death

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal sentenced the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh to death on Wednesday for his involvement in crimes against humanity, including genocide, torture and rape, during the country’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.

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“Considering the gravity of the crimes, the tribunal punished him with the death sentence,” state prosecutor Mohammad Ali told reporters.

The sentence passed on Motiur Rahman Nizami, a 71-year-old former legislator and minister, could provoke protests by supporters of his Islamist party who say the government has used the tribunal to weaken its political opponents. – Reuters


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