Bangladesh gives death sentence to 1971 war collaborator

AP News
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 3:57 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal dealing with war crimes involving Bangladesh's 1971 independence war has convicted and sentenced a leading war collaborator to death for crimes including mass killing, arson and looting.

The head judge of a three-member panel, Obaidul Hasan, delivered the verdict Wednesday in a packed courtroom in the nation's capital, Dhaka, against 79-year-old Abdus Subhan of the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Subhan is the ninth senior leader of the party convicted of such crimes after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina initiated the long-stalled war crimes trials in 2010.

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Subhan faced nine charges that included the killing of 400 people in several villages in northern Bangladesh.

Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers and their collaborators killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women during the nine-month war.