Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deadly Riots In Bangladesh Follow Death Sentence For Islamic Leader

Bangladesh Islamist's Death Sentence Sparks Deadly Riots -- Reuters

(Reuters) - A Bangladeshi Islamist party leader was sentenced to death on Thursday over abuses carried out during the country's independence war, triggering riots that killed at least 30 people.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty by Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 war of separation from Pakistan, lawyers and tribunal officials said.

After he was convicted and sentenced, police clashed with activists from Sayedee's party and violence raged in more than a dozen areas around the country, police, witnesses and media reports said.

At least three policemen were among the dead and around 300 were wounded, they added.

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More News On The Unrest In Bangladesh

Bangladesh sentences Islamist party leader to death, riots leave at least 30 dead
-- Christian Science Monitor/Reuters
Riots in Bangladesh Follow Death Sentence for Islamic Leader
-- New York Times
34 killed in Bangladesh after Islamist ordered hanged -- Global Post/AFP
Bangladesh Death Sentence Sparks Violence; 27 Dead -- Voice of America
Death for Jamaat leader sparks violence -- The Hindu
Death Sentence for Bangladesh Islamist Sparks Fatal Clashes -- Bloomberg
Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death -- Al Jazeera
Bangladesh death sentence sparks deadly protests -- The Guardian
Bangladesh Islamist sentenced to death -- The Telegraph

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