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Bangladesh Sentences Islamic Leader to Death for War Crimes

Bangladeshi activists shout slogans as they celebrate outside the International Crimes Tribunal where leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party the Jamaat-e-Islami party are on trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 5, 2013.Bangladeshi activists shout slogans as they celebrate outside the International Crimes Tribunal where leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party the Jamaat-e-Islami party are on trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 5, 2013.
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Bangladeshi activists shout slogans as they celebrate outside the International Crimes Tribunal where leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party the Jamaat-e-Islami party are on trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 5, 2013.
Bangladeshi activists shout slogans as they celebrate outside the International Crimes Tribunal where leaders of the country’s largest Islamic party the Jamaat-e-Islami party are on trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 5, 2013.
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Bangladesh's Supreme Court handed down a death sentence to Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of the Jemaat-e-Islami party and a top Islamic leader during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. Mollah had earlier been convicted of crimes against humanity.

The sentencing comes after a previous sentence of life in prison, handed down by a war crimes tribunal, was deemed too lenient. Protests erupted after his original sentence was issued in January, leading parliament to revise its war crimes laws. The laws now allow the state to appeal any sentence deemed to be inadequate.

More than 100 people died in the protests over a series of months earlier this year. Mollah's sentence was the first handed down by the war crimes tribunal.

  • A man sprays water on a car set on fire by activists of the Jemaat-e-Islami party protesting the revised sentencing of Abdul Quader Mollah, Dhaka, Sept. 17, 2013.
  • Shamsul Huq, a driver, sits inside his auto rickshaw after his right arm was burned by a crude bomb thrown during a protest against the revised sentencing of Abdul Quader Mollah, Dhaka Sept. 17, 2013.
  • Activists shout slogans and celebrate the verdict against Jemaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sept. 17, 2013.
  • An activist celebrates the verdict against Jemaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka, Sept. 17, 2013.
  • Security personnel stand guard in front of a court where a verdict against Jemaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Mollah was delivered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sept. 17, 2013.
  • Police search pedestrians in front of a court after a verdict against Jemaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Mollah was delivered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sept. 17, 2013.

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by: anwar kamal from: Bangladesh
September 17, 2013 10:26 PM
He has been convicted as war criminal ,not Islamist.


by: Shakirally from: Canada
September 17, 2013 12:50 PM
I am a Pakistani. We salute our Bangladeshi brothers and support the lawmakers who are doing all what is right. Unless we, the Pakis don't punish our collaborators with the same name and the band of killers and thugs called AlShams and Albadr, there is no chance of any closure. Love you Bangladesh.

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