Top Islamist found guilty of Bangladesh war crimes

The former head of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, Ghulam Azam (centre), is escorted by security personnel and lawyers as he emerges from the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka on Jan 11, 2012. A Bangladeshi court on Monday found t
The former head of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, Ghulam Azam (centre), is escorted by security personnel and lawyers as he emerges from the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka on Jan 11, 2012. A Bangladeshi court on Monday found the top Islamist guilty of masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladeshi court on Monday found a top Islamist guilty of masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

Ghulam Azam, 90, the wartime head of the country's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and now its spiritual leader, was found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal on five charges including murder and torture.