Bangladesh upholds opposition politician’s death sentence

Bangladesh`s highest court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence handed down to a top opposition politician for war crimes during the country`s 1971 independence conflict against Pakistan.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015, 10:05 AM IST

Dhaka: Bangladesh`s highest court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence handed down to a top opposition politician for war crimes during the country`s 1971 independence conflict against Pakistan.

The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice S.K. Sinha, dismissed Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury`s appeal against a death sentence handed down by a controversial war crimes tribunal two years ago, an AFP correspondent at the court said.

In a brief judgement Sinha said the court "maintained" the death sentence for genocide and torture against 66-year-old Chowdhury, who is a senior member of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).