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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 12:04 AM

Bangladesh war crimes verdict protests turn deadly

Source: CNN

By Farid Ahmed, for CNN
updated 10:20 PM EST, Fri February 15, 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Protests over a war-crimes trial verdict in Bangladesh have resulted in at least six deaths here in the capital city of Dhaka and in the southeast tourist city of Cox's Bazar, police said Friday.

The incidents stem from February 5, when an International War Crimes Tribunal sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, a leader of the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, to life in prison on war-crimes charges -- including murder -- that date back to the country's war of independence in 1971.

Shortly afterward the sentence was announced, throngs of people -- most of them young -- formed a sit-in in Dhaka's Shahbagh Square, demanding that those who were involved in crimes during the war of independence be sentenced to death.

The protesters, many of them students, demanded that Mollah's penalty be changed to death ...


Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/asia/bangladesh-protests/

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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:47 PM

1. Bangladesh parliament amends war crime law to challenge sentence

Change follows 13 days of protests demanding death penalty for prominent Islamist given life sentence by war crimes tribunal
Reuters in Dhaka
Sunday 17 February 2013 11.26 EST

Bangladesh's parliament has amended a law allowing the state to appeal against the life sentence given to an opposition leader for his role in mass killings and rape during the 1971 war for independence ...

Protesters have gathered in central Dhaka for the past 13 days demanding the death penalty for Abdul Quader Mollah, an assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for war crimes. The prominent Islamist was given a life sentence by a tribunal last month, stunning many Bangladeshis.

The amendment will "empower the tribunals to try to punish any organisations, including Jamaat-e-Islami, for committing crimes during the country's liberation war in 1971", the law minister, Shafique Ahmed, said

The government is facing growing pressure to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and groups linked to it. Ahmed told reporters the government was considering such a ban ...


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