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Islamist sentenced to death for war crimes

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haka - A leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party was sentenced to death Thursday for war crimes during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

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Delawar Hossain Sayedee, vice president of the opposition Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced by a special war crimes tribunal for his involvement in killings, looting, arson, rapes and the forcible conversions of Hindus to Islam during the nine-month war.

Judge ATM Fazle Kabir pronounced the verdict amid tight security, as the Jamaat-e-Islami party called a nationwide strike for Thursday demanding the release of Sayedee, Attorney General Mahbue be Alam said. - Sapa-dpa

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