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Condemned Islamist leader wins 11th hour reprieve in Bangladesh

By Serajul Quadir and Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - An Islamist opposition leader in Bangladesh won a dramatic stay of execution on Tuesday hours before he was due to be hanged, according to his lawyers, allaying fears for now of a violent backlash less than a month before elections are due. Abdul Quader Mollah, who was found guilty in February of war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, was due to be hanged at one minute past midnight (1801 GMT) at Dhaka Central Jail.

Bangladesh issues death warrant against Islamist party leader

Bangladesh issues death warrant against Islamist party leader DHAKA, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Death warrant has been issued by a special tribunal against a high-ranking Islamist party leader who was given the capital punishment for war crimes including mass killings. The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 Sunday evening issued the death warrant for Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Party Abdul Quader Mollah.

Execution order issued for death row Bangladesh Islamist

A Bangladesh court Sunday ordered prison authorities to hang an Islamist leader months after he was sentenced to death, raising fears of a new wave of clashes in the unrest-plagued nation. Abdul Quader Molla, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was given the death penalty in September when the Supreme Court toughened the life sentence originally handed down to him by the International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic war crimes court.

Another Bangladesh party boycotts polls as death toll mounts

Another major Bangladesh political party Tuesday announced a boycott of the upcoming general election, declaring the country was on the "brink of disaster" as seven more people died in poll protests. Former dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad said his Jatiya Party, the country's third largest and a key ally of the ruling Awami League, would not contest the January 5 election, following in the footsteps of the opposition alliance. "Since all parties are not contesting, so the Jatiya Party will also not participate in the polls," Ershad told reporters.

British Muslim leader sentenced to death says Bangladesh trial 'farcical'

By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader sentenced to death in his native Bangladesh for war crimes committed 40 years ago said the conviction was a politically motivated farce prompted by a vindictive government. Chowdhury Mueen Uddin was found guilty in absentia on Monday of the torture and murder of 18 intellectuals during Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan in 1971, during which 3 million people were killed.

U.N. rights chief says Bangladesh trials unfair

By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - A trial in Bangladesh, which brought death sentences for 152 border guards accused of murder and arson in a mutiny in 2009, failed to meet international law standards, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said on Wednesday. Citing allegations that many of the defendants in the mass trial, which ended on Tuesday, had been abused and tortured while in jail, she also called for a full independent investigation into how the accused were treated.

Bangladesh court sentences 152 to death for 2009 mutiny

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - A special court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death more than 150 people among hundreds of border guards accused of murder and arson during a mutiny at their headquarters in 2009. Some 850 people had been accused of involvement in the bloody rampage that broke out in the capital, Dhaka, and quickly spread to a dozen other towns, killing 74 people. Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol told Reuters the court sentenced 152 people to death.

Bangladesh sentences British Muslim leader, US citizen to hang

A Bangladesh war crimes court Sunday sentenced a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen to death in absentia for murder, the latest ruling over atrocities during the war of independence. London-based Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, from the United States, were found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of 11 charges related to the kidnap and slaughter of 18 intellectuals during the 1971 conflict. "Justice will not be done if they are not awarded capital punishment," senior judge Obaidul Hassan told the packed court in Dhaka.

Bangladesh sentences British Muslim leader, US citizen to hang

A Bangladesh war crimes court Sunday sentenced a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen to death in absentia for murder, in the latest ruling over atrocities during the war of independence. London-based Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, from the United States, were found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal of 11 charges related to the kidnap and slaughter of 18 intellectuals during the 1971 conflict. "Justice will not be done if they are not awarded capital punishment," senior judge Obaidul Hassan told the packed court in Dhaka.

Bangladesh convicts UK Muslim leader, US citizen of war crimes

A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence. The International Crimes Tribunal convicted Britain's Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, from the United States, of charges relating to the murder of 18 intellectuals during the conflict. "They encouraged, they gave moral support to and participated in the killing of 18 intellectuals," judge Mujibur Rahman Mia told the packed court in Dhaka.
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