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Riots erupt as Bangladeshi Islamist gets life sentence for 1971 mass murder

Published on Feb 5, 2013 5:01 PM
 
A Bangladeshi policeman (right) stands beside a smouldering bus, allegedly set on fire by rioting Jamaat-e-Islami activists, during a nationwide strike in Dhaka on Feb 5, 2013. Riots broke out in several Bangladesh cities on Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013, after a court sentenced a senior Islamist opposition official to life in prison for mass murder during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Riots broke out in several Bangladesh cities on Tuesday after a court sentenced a senior Islamist opposition official to life in prison for mass murder during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth-highest leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was the first politician to be found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal, a much-criticised domestic court based in Dhaka.

Molla cried "Allahu Akbar!" (God is greater) and said the charges, which also include crimes against humanity, were false after presiding judge Obaidul Hassan delivered the verdict in a crowded and tightly guarded court.

"He deserved death sentence because of the gravity of the crimes. But the court gave him life imprisonment," said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, adding Molla was found guilty of five out of six charges including mass murder.

 
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