Bangladesh opposition MP convicted of war crimes sentenced to death
DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh court on Tuesday sentenced to death a leading opposition MP for genocide, the first lawmaker to be convicted of offences committed during the 1971 war of independence.
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal of nine charges related to the war, the attorney-general said.
Judge A.T.M Fazle Kabir ordered Chowdhury "to be hanged by the neck" after he was convicted of "war crimes charges such as genocide, killing and religious persecution", Attorney-General Mahbubey Alam told AFP.
Since January, the tribunal has convicted seven people, including six Islamists, of crimes related to the nine-month war, in which pro-independence fighters battled Pakistani forces who were helped by local collaborators.