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New clashes over Bangladesh war crime verdict

Published on Feb 6, 2013 2:20 PM
 People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, showing the soles of their shoes against Abdul Quader Mollah. International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah to life term imprisonment for his crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971. -- PHOTO: DEMOTIX

DHAKA (AFP) - Police fired rubber bullets on Wednesday at hundreds of activists from Bangladesh's largest Islamic party during a second day of rioting sparked by the conviction of a top opposition figure for war crimes.

After four people were killed during violence that flared late into the night on Tuesday, dozens more Jamaat-e-Islami supporters were wounded when riot police tried to disperse fresh protests on Wednesday near Dhaka and the southwestern district of Khulna.

The violence erupted after the party's fourth most senior official, Abdul Quader Molla, was jailed for life on Tuesday for committing mass murder during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

The sentence was handed down by a domestic war crimes tribunals which lacks any international oversight.

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