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Islamic party leader handed death sentence for war crimes

DHAKA, Bangladesh, July 17 (UPI) -- A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced a top Islamic party leader to death for his role in the country's 1971 war of independence.

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed, secretary-general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was accused of kidnappings and mass murder during the war with Pakistan, Voice of American reported.

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Three million people died in the fighting, the government of Bangladesh said.

The tribunal's presiding justice, Obaidul Hassan, described Mujaheed as an "atrocious" commander who conspired, abducted, tortured and murdered, BDNews24 reported.

He was found guilty of "extermination of intellectuals" and involvement in the murder and torture of Hindus.

Mujaheed's attorney said the verdict would be appealed on grounds the court failed to assess the evidence properly.

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