Bangladesh protests lead to change in war crimes law

  • Bangladesh's parliament altered a law on Sunday, which will allow the state to appeal against the life sentence of an Islamist party leader.

    The decision comes after protesters took to the streets of the capital, Dhaka, demanding his execution.

    The amendment will also enable the prosecution and potential ban of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

    Jamaat chief Abdul Kader Mullah was given life for his role in crimes in the 1971 independence war with Pakistan.

    The ruling sparked nearly two weeks of protests across the country.

    The government will now be able to appeal against verdicts at the International Crimes Tribunal, set up in 2010 to try those accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces and committing atrocities.

    Around three million people were killed in the 1971 war.

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