Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Islamist Politician Sentenced To Death

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid was found guilty of crimes committed during 1971 war of independence

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A leading Islamist politician in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death over war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a key figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was accused of mass killing and torture and convicted of five of seven charges.

Prosecutors say he led a militia accused of killing leaders and intellectuals supporting independence.

The party's spiritual leader was jailed for 90 years on Monday.