2 Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh for Killing Blogger

December 31, 2015 10:18 AM

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NEW DELHI — A court in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced two people to death and six others to prison for killing an atheist blogger in 2013, the first verdicts since suspected Islamist militants began targeting secular activists.

Seven university students and the leader of a banned Islamist group were charged with murder in the death of Ahmed Rajib Haider, a blogger who campaigned for banning the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan in 1971.

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