Bangladesh’s former Awami League leader sentenced to death for war crimes

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Dhaka, Nov 25 (ANI): A former leader of Bangladesh’s ruling party Awami League, Mobarak Hossain, was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal in connection with atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Hossain, a local leader expelled from the Awami League party in 2011, was found guilty of charges including mass killing, abduction and torture, prosecutors said. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 opened an inquiry into war crimes committed during the nine-month war. Monday’s verdict is the first against any ruling party leader, and counters claims that Hasina is targeting her political rivals. International human rights groups have said the tribunal falls short of international standards. The government denies the charge.

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