Bangladesh Islamist politician sentenced to death for war crimes

December 30, 2014 8:30 AM

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DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced an Islamist party leader to death on Tuesday after convicting him of atrocities committed during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

A.T.M. Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of five out of six charges including mass killing, rape, abduction and torture, prosecutors said.

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