Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to hang for war crimes

DHAKA: A special Bangladeshi court on Wednesday handed the death sentence to the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for war crimes, in a long-awaited verdict that triggers fears of fresh violence. The war crimes court found Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of mass murder, rape and looting during Bangladesh’s war of independence against Pakistan in 1971. Head judge Enayetur Rahim sentenced Nizami to “hang by the neck until his death” for orchestrating the killing of top doctors and intellectuals during the conflict as head of a…
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