Bangladesh court upheld death sentence of top Islamist Mujahid 

Bangladesh

June 26, Dhaka: The Supreme Court in Bangladesh has upheld a death sentence against an influential Islamist leader over war crimes during the 1971 war of independence.

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid belongs to the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which called a strike for Wednesday over the ruling. He was accused of mass killing and torture and convicted of five of seven charges by a war crimes tribunal.

Human rights groups have criticised the tribunal, saying it does not meet international standards. While many Bangladeshis have welcomed the work of the tribunal, Jamaat supporters say it is a politically motivated attempt to eradicate its leaders.

Two other Islamist politicians have previously been executed after receiving death sentences from the tribunal.

In December 2013 Abdul Kader Mullah, assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged after being found guilty on five of six counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Oslo Times and Agencies

 

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