Bangladesh SC gives death to top Jamaat leader for 1971 war crimes

A top Islamist leader of the ruling party convicted of crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence and was sentenced to death by the apex court in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2013, 11:12 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Dhaka: A top Islamist leader of the ruling party was convicted of crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence and sentenced to death by the apex court in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, Abdul Kader Mullah, denied the charges that were made against him, as per a BBC report.

This is the first such case, which came for the apex court review while two Bangladeshi International Crimes Tribunals are trying the high-profile accused of "crimes against humanity" during the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan, a news agency report stated.
He was convicted by a special tribunal verdict in February which gave him a life sentence.

However, the tribunal verdict against 65-year-old Mollah, an assistant secretary general of the fundamentalist party which was opposed to Bangladesh`s independence from Pakistan, triggered massive controversies and protracted street protests by 1971 veterans and youngsters who believed the punishment was too lenient compared to his crimes.

(With PTI Inputs)