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Top Islamist Sentenced to Death by Bangladesh Tribunal

Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid (L) waves from a police vehicle as he is transported to the central jail following his court verdict in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 17, 2013.
Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid (L) waves from a police vehicle as he is transported to the central jail following his court verdict in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 17, 2013.
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A Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal has convicted and sentenced to death a top Islamic party leader for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people during the country's 1971 independence war.  
 
The verdict against 65-year-old Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, the secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was handed down Wednesday in the capital, Dhaka. 
 
Mujahid was convicted of torture, kidnapping and the murder of intellectuals. Seven charges were brought against Mujahid, prosecutor Tureen Afroz said.
 
"Out of the seven charges, five have been beyond reasonable doubt proved by the prosecution. And out of these five charges, three charges have been given death penalty, one for the life imprisonment and one for five years imprisonment."
 
Mujahid shouted "injustice" as the judge read the sentence. 
 
The verdict is the second this week by the tribunal. On Monday, the controversial court sentenced 90-year-old Ghulam Azam, the spiritual leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, to 90 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the war. 
 
So far six of the group's leaders have been sentenced since January by the war crimes tribunal, set up by the Awami-League led government in 2010. The trials have triggered violence that has left more than 100 people dead.
 
Critics have accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of using the tribunals to decimate the country's opposition parties ahead of elections scheduled for next year. 
 
Bangladesh fought a nine-month war against Pakistan in 1971 to obtain its independence. The government says three million people died in the violence, although other estimates put the death toll lower.
 

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by: Anonymous
July 17, 2013 5:48 AM
Look at his hand. The life line on his hand is too big and strong. This guy is not dying anytime soon. Whatever the tribunal says
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by: Stephen
July 17, 2013 10:34 PM
Why don't we let bygones be bygones? The statue of limitation has almost run out after some 40-odd years
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by: ankur from: patna
July 17, 2013 11:47 AM
Hope trial is free, fair and unbiased of all political environment or from any sort.. If so is the truth, people must respect judgement which is in the larger interest of all which got independence after a bloody fight.

by: Freespirit from: Malta
July 17, 2013 5:47 AM
It is punishment of the guilty for crimes against humanity. What was done against the people of East Pakistan is in the same line as that of the holocaust. Justice has been served and more guilty should be arrested and jailed.

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