Bangladesh war crimes verdict triggers deadly clashes

  • At least 30 people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes in Bangladesh on Thursday triggered by a death sentence handed to a senior Islamist leader for war crimes.

    The violence comes after a tribunal sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to death for crimes including murder, torture and rape during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

    Sayeedi is the third prominent figure from the Jamaat-e-Islami party to be found guilty by a court set up to probe abuses during the 1971 war. He has denied all 19 charges against him

    The verdict was hailed by his opponents as Jamaat supporters clashed with police.

    Jamaat say that the tribunal is biased against the party.

    Earlier this month, the tribunal sentenced Abdul Qader Molla, the party’s secretary general, to life imprisonment. The sentence resulted in protests that left 16 people dead.

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