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JAMAAT LEADER TO HANG FOR B’DESH WAR CRIMES

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Published on February 20, 2015 with No Comments

A special tribunal dealing with war crimes involving Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war convicted and sentenced a leading collaborator to death Wednesday for crimes including mass killing, arson and looting.

The head judge of a three-member panel, Obaidul Hasan, delivered the verdict in a packed courtroom in Dhaka, against Abdus Subhan of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s largest Islamic political party.

Subhan, 79, is the ninth senior leader of the party to be convicted of such crimes since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina initiated the long-stalled war crimes trials in 2010. One party leader has already been hanged for similar crimes. The defence has said that it would appeal.

 

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