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Protests in Bangladesh after war crimes verdict

Published Feb 06, 2013 07:17am

Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah gestures as he talks from a police van after a war crimes tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment in Dhaka.—Photo by Reuters
Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah gestures as he talks from a police van after a war crimes tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment in Dhaka.—Photo by Reuters

DHAKA: Bangladesh's largest Islamic party is enforcing a general strike across the country for a second day to protest a war crimes verdict.  

A tribunal on Tuesday pronounced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah guilty of killing and aiding Pakistani troops in killing 369 people during Bangladesh's independence war in 1971. He was sentenced to life in prison. The verdict was followed by clashes, as protestors took to the streets, that killed up to four people and injured dozens more.

Local news agency bdnews24.com reported more clashes between activists and police in Dhaka on Wednesday (today). Television footage shows the activists throwing stones at the police.Tight security is in place in Dhaka as paramilitary border guards are seen patrolling the streets.


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