Bangladesh gives death sentence to top Islamic televangelist for 1971 war crimes
Bangladesh's controversial war crimes court has sentenced a top Islamic televangelist to death by hanging for genocide and other atrocities during the country's 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan.
Maolana Abul Kalam Azad, who has been on the run for about a year, is the first person to be convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) created by the country's government to try suspected war criminals, reports The News.
Azad was found guilty of seven out of eight charges including genocide, murder and rape, judge Obaidul Hasan said.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam called it a historic day for Bangladesh. Alam said it is a victory for humanity.
The ICT, which is a domestic tribunal with no international oversight, has been tainted by allegations of political influence after the entire leadership of an opposition Islamic party were put on trial.