Jamaat chief sentenced to death in Bangladesh

A controversial tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his alleged role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

The head of a three-judge panel, M Enayetur Rahim, announced the verdict on Wednesday against Motiur Rahman Nizami in a packed courtroom in the nation’s capital of Dhaka.

Maolana Nizami denounced the verdict claiming that it is a false judgement given upon instruction from above.

Tazul Islam, Lawyer of Mr. Nizami said to the journalist that the judgement was given on very weak ground. We did not get justice. We will certainly file appeal petition against the verdict.

Meanwhile Nizami urged his follower to stay come, continue peaceful protest and not to fall victim of any provocation.

The 71-year-old Nizami was in the dock for the announcement, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Nizami, a former cabinet minister, was tried on 16 charges, including genocide, murder, torture, rape and destruction of property.

Jamaat-e-Islami, in a statement has denounced the verdict calling for a nationwide general strike for three days beginning on Thursday.

Outside the courtroom, police and paramilitary forces patrolled the streets after previous verdicts had sparked violence.

Nizami was a cabinet minister during former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s last term between 2001 and 2006.

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