Bangladesh
Mojaheed gets death for war crimes

17 Jul 2013

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Dhaka, July 17: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of Bangladesh on Wednesday awarded death penalty to 65-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for committing offences during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

"Five out of seven charges have been proved beyond doubt, Justice Obaidul Hassan, head judge of International Crimes Tribunal-2, announced in a jam-packed courtroom Wednesday afternoon," Bangladesh based The Daily Star reported.

"The Jamaat linchpin, who led the infamous Al-Badr force in killing intellectuals of the land at the fag end of the 1971 Liberation War, received death penalty for three charges, and life sentence and five-year imprisonment for two others," the newspaper reported.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of Bangladesh on July 15 sentenced former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam to 90 years in jail for masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

The ICT found Azam guilty of all five charges.

Bangladesh earlier this year witnessed massive violence after Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death by a tribunal for several crimes like mass killings, torture, rape and looting and forcible religious conversion during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 when the country attained freedom from Pakistan after a bloody struggle that left countless dead and thousands of women outraged.




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