URGENT ¥¥¥ Bangladesh war court sentences Islamist to death

A special Bangladeshi court sentenced a senior Islamist opposition official to death Thursday for crimes such as murder and religious persecution during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, the vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party and a fiery preacher, is the second politician to be found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal, a much-criticised domestic court based in Dhaka.

"He has been sentenced to death. It's a victory for the people. The nation is now free of stigma," said prosecutor Syed Haider Ali.