World Bulletin / News Desk
A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal sentenced an Islamist party leader to death on Thursday, the third verdict as some reports say defendants are already clear to be executed in 26 March 2013, despite repeated denials of govt.
Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73 is vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
On Jan. 21, the tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad, a former Jamaat member to death in absentia as in its second verdict, on Feb. 5, the tribunal sentenced another senior Jamaat member, Abdul Quader Mollah, 64, to life in prison.
Both of the verdicts sparked protests by Jamaat supporters. But those protests incited larger counter-demonstrations by supporters of the tribunal demanding death sentences. At least a dozen people have been killed in days of protests by both sides across the country that have followed.
Another nine people are awaiting trial, most of them Jamaat members.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up the tribunal in 2010 to investigate abuses during the independence war .
The tribunal has been criticised by rights groups for failing to adhere to international standards of due process. Human Rights Watch cited defence lawyers, witnesses and investigators as saying they had been threatened.
Critics say the tribunal is being used by the prime minister as an instrument against her opponents in the two biggest opposition parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami. Begum Khaleda Zia, Hasina's arch rival and leader of the BNP, has called the tribunal a "farce".
Hasina's party has denied allegations of bias.
Bangladesh became part of Pakistan at the end of British occupation in 1947 but it broke away from Pakistan in 1971 after a war between Bangladeshi nationalists, who were backed by India, and Pakistani forces. Some factions in Bangladesh opposed the break with Pakistan.
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