JI leader gets death penalty in Bangladesh


Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced to death a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami convicted of crimes against humanity during the war in 1971.
Abdul Kader Mullah, who denied all the charges, was given a life sentence in February.
His sentence was increased to death by the court as he appealed against his conviction.
Official estimates say more than three million people were allegedly killed in the war.
His trial in February sparked protests both from supporters who accuse the government of pursuing a political vendetta and those who saw the prison sentence as lenient.
The assistant secretary general of the JI, Abdul Kader Mullah, 65, was earlier this year found guilty by a war crimes tribunal of five out of six charges, including murder.
He was accused of being behind a series of killings, including large-scale massacres in the Mirpur area of Dhaka, which earned him the nickname of “koshai” or butcher of Mirpur, and made him one of the more feared Jamaat leaders.
Prosecutor Ziad Al Malum said that the decision to enhance the sentence was approved by four to one at the court.
Defence lawyer Tajul Islam told the media he was “stunned” by the verdict.
“This is the first time in South Asian judicial history that a trial court sentence has been enhanced by a Supreme Court,” he said.
The special court was set up in 2010 by the current Bangladeshi government to deal with those accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces who attempted to stop East Pakistan (as Bangladesh was then) from becoming an independent country.


  1. We should prosecute our soldiers who committed crimes in East Pakistan and. Our govt. should apologize to Bangladesh. Just to remember that we killed way more muslims in 9 months than what India did in 66 years.

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