Bangladesh to hang another Jamaat-e-Islami leader

Former industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami, 70, was found guilty of running an arms smuggling ring a decade ago.

Bangladesh to hang another Jamaat-e-Islami leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Bangladeshi government has sentenced yet another Jamaat-e-Islami leader to death along with 13 others for allegedly running an arms smuggling ring a decade ago.

Former industries minister Motiur Rahman Nizami, 70, was found guilty of helping to unload weapons that included 4,930 sophisticated firearms, 27,020 grenades and 840 rocket launchers in April 2004.

The weapons were apparently destined for a rebel group across the border in northeastern India.

Ex-home minister Lutfozzaman Babar, United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader Paresh Baruah and the former chiefs of the country's two main intelligence agencies were also among the 14 who were sentenced to death on Thursday.

Baruah, who is currently on the run, was tried in absentia.

The verdict comes after Bangladesh executed Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah on Thursday for war crimes committed in 1971.

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