Bangladesh upholds opposition politician's death sentence for war crimes

Bangladesh's highest court upheld the death sentence handed down to the top opposition politician Chowdhury for war crimes during the country's 1971 independence conflict against Pakistan.
Bangladesh's highest court upheld the death sentence handed down to the top opposition politician Chowdhury for war crimes during the country's 1971 independence conflict against Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - 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).