Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies

October 24, 2014 4:43 AM

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Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies

DHAKA, Bangladesh: A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital.

Ghulam Azam, 91, died late Thursday after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the capital, Dhaka, said hospital spokesman Abdul Majid Bhuiyan.

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