Elderly ex-minister jailed for Bangladesh genocide
DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh special court on Wednesday sentenced an elderly former minister to life in prison for genocide during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
Abdul Alim, 83, who was a minister when the current main opposition party was in power, was found guilty of nine charges including genocide, murder and persecution of the country's minority Hindus during the war, a senior official said.
The International Crimes Tribunal spared the wheelchair-bound Alim the death penalty, despite the gravity of the crimes, because of his poor health and age, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters.
"He will remain in the prison until his death," AG Alam said, adding that he was convicted of involvement in the killing of 372 Hindus in one of the worst single acts of murder during the war.