Bangladesh Islamist leader loses execution appeal

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Bangladesh Islamist leader loses execution appeal

Bangladesh Islamist leader loses execution appeal

The Supreme Court in Bangladesh has upheld the death sentence of an Islamist opposition leader found guilty of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Abdul Kader Mullah, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was given a stay of execution on Tuesday just hours before he was due to be hanged, while judges heard a last-minute appeal.

His death sentence is one of several handed down to Islamist leaders by a special war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh this year and would be the first to be carried out.

The verdicts sparked violent protests in which scores of people died.

Mahfuz Sadique reports from Dhaka.

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