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Day: October 29, 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death
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Bangladesh Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death

Motiur Rahman Nizami News Desk: The head of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party has been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the independence war against Pakistan in 1971. Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, faced 16 charges including genocide, murder, torture and rape. A state prosecutor said the sentence reflected the "gravity of the crimes". There are different estimates for the number of people killed in the nine-month Bangladeshi war of secession. Government figures suggest as many as three million people died, while some say that figure is too high and unverifiable. A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh with a three-judge panel announced the verdict to a packed courtroom in Dhaka. Nizami, who was head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was accused of acting as supreme commander ...