Ghulam Azam, controversial Islamist leader of Bangladesh, dies

  • Ghulam Azam, the former leader of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, had died aged 91.

    Azam was given a 90-year jail term last year for his role in the 1971 war of independence. After the verdict was announced last year,  Jamaat-e-Islami supporters clashed with the police.

    A court held him guilty of five charges including conspiracy and incitement. He was accused of playing a key role in the establishment of militia groups that killed thousands of people during the war. 


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