Bangladesh court sentences top Islamist to death for arms smuggling
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AFP) - A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced 14 people to death, including the leader of the country's largest Islamist party, over a massive arms smuggling racket ten years ago.
Motiur Rahman Nizami, 70, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced to hang after being convicted over the racket involving 10 truckloads of arms seized by police at a Bangladesh port.
"The judge sentenced 14 people including .... Motiur Rahman Nizami, to death on smuggling charges," prosecutor Kamal Uddin Ahmed told AFP from the southern port city of Chittagong.
"We're satisfied with the verdict. This is an unprecedented case and all those accused have got due justice," Mr Ahmed said.