Death Sentence Upheld for Bangladesh Islamist Party Chief

January 6, 2016 5:23 AM

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NEW DELHI — Bangladesh's top court on Wednesday upheld a death sentence given to the leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party for atrocities and multiple killings he committed during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

The verdict came as a wave of deadly assaults late last year on foreigners, secular writers and members of the Shiite community in the Sunni-majority nation raised international concerns that religious extremism is taking hold in the traditionally moderate country.

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