Tuesday 21 November 2017

At least 30 dead in Bangladeshi death sentence riots

Andrew Buncombe

A tribunal has sentenced to death the leader of an Islamic political party over his role in murder and atrocities during the nation's 1971 war of independence. The decision triggered violence and clashes across the country that left at least 30 people dead.

The war crimes tribunal in Dhaka found Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, guilty on eight counts involving killings, rape and other offences committed during the nine-month war against Pakistan.

The savage war left around three million people dead, while 200,000 women were raped. Millions fled to India.

Prosecutor Syed Haider Ali said after the verdict: "Justice has been done to those who lost their loved ones."

Sayedee (73) is the third defendant to be convicted of crimes against humanity since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government established the war crimes tribunal in 2010.

Last month, Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in prison on similar charges, while in January the court sentenced former Jamaat leader Abul Kalam Azad to death. A further seven leaders of the party are yet to be dealt with by the court.

Yesterday, with Jamaat-e-Islami enforcing a general strike in protest at the trial, the party and its student wing clashed with police and security forces. The 'Daily Star' reported at least 32 people were killed.

Irish Independent

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