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Bangladesh Jama'at leader sentenced to death

Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death

Dhaka: A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal has convicted and sentenced assistant secretary-general of the Jama'at-e-Islami party to death for war crimes, raising fears of clashes between the police and supporters of the Islamist leader.

Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, 59, was found guilty on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during the 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, lawyers and tribunal officials said on Thursday.

Obaidul Hassan, the head of the three-judge tribunal, said the charges had been proved beyond doubt and sentenced him to death.

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