Second Islamist sentenced to death

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Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced to death a second senior leader of the largest Islamist party for his role in the killings during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Mir Quashem Ali was in the dock as Judge Obaidul Hasan read the verdict in the packed courtroom in Dhaka, the capital.

The 62-year-old Ali is a member of Jamaat-e-Islami party’s highest policymaking body and he is considered to be one of the senior financiers of the party.

Last week, the court sentenced to death the party’s leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, over the 1971 war crimes.

Bangladesh accuses Pakistani soldiers and local collaborators for the deaths of three million people during the nine-month 1971 war.

Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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