Bangladesh sentences to death six Jama’at activists

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Dhaka—A special Bangladeshi tribunal Wednesday sentenced to death six Islamists, including a former lawmaker, for allegedly siding with the Pakistani troops in 1971.

A three-judge panel of Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-BD) handed down the capital punishment to the six members of the Jama’at-e-Islami saying, the charges against them were “proved beyond doubt.”

“They be convicted accordingly and sentenced there under to death under section 20(2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973,” pronounced chair of the panel Justice Shahinur Islam.

The verdict came as Bangladesh nearly completed the long-delayed trial of alleged 1971 war crimes since the high-powered tribunal was established in 2010.

The six men sentenced to death hail from northwestern Gaibandha and belong to Jamaat-e-Islami, the party which was opposed to Bangladesh’s 1971 independence.

But only one of the six convicts faced the trial in person while the rest, including former Jamaat lawmaker Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia, were tried in absentia as they were on the run.

 

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