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Bangladesh Islamist party chief sentenced to death

Bangladesh Islamist party chief sentenced to death for crimes during 1971 war for independence
Julhas Alam, The Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh - A special tribunal sentenced the leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party to death on Wednesday for atrocities and multiple killings during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, sat calmly in the dock as the head of a three-judge panel, M. Enayetur Rahim, read the verdict in the packed courtroom in Dhaka, the capital. The defence said it would appeal.

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