Dhaka: Thousands of people have demonstrated in Bangladesh`s capital to demand a death sentence for an Islamic party leader accused of committing atrocities during the country`s 1971 independence war.
More than 5,000 people rallied today after a special tribunal said it would deliver its verdict against Delwar Hossain Sayedee the next day.
Sayedee is among nine leaders of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party who have been put on trial on charges of mass killings and atrocities allegedly committed during Bangladesh`s war of separation from Pakistan. Earlier this month, another party leader was sentenced to life in prison.
The Islamic party, a key ally of the country`s main opposition party, denies committing atrocities and says the charges are politically motivated. It has called a general strike tomorrow to protest Sayedee`s expected conviction.