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Court in Bangladesh upheld death sentence of JI's Azharul Islam
October 31, 2019

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Bangladesh's highest court today upheld death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami's Azharul Islam for alleged war crimes, rejecting his appeal in a majority verdict.

The 67-year-old, Azharul Islam was sentenced to death in 2014.

Azharul Islam defence lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain told reporters that they would file a review petition against the verdict.

He said said Azharul Islam was an 18-year-old student during the 1971 war and did not have a role in the war.

In recent years, the controversial International Crimes Tribunal, set up by Bangladesh government in 2010, has sentenced dozens of people to death including five Jamaat leaders on war crimes charges.

NNR/Hassan