Bangladesh orders top Jamaat leader to hang, fuelling unrest

Abdus Subhan, a vice president of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-Islami.— Youtube screen grab

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal ordered the execution of a senior Islamist leader Wednesday after convicting him of atrocities during the country’s 1971 independence war, triggering violence outside the court.

Three Molotov cocktails thrown by suspected anti-government activists exploded outside the courthouse in central Dhaka as Abdus Subhan, a vice president of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-Islami, was found guilty of murder, genocide and torture.

The verdict is expected to further inflame tensions in Bangladesh where an alliance of opposition parties, including Jamaat, is trying to topple the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

At least 87 people have died since early January when the leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called on supporters to blockade roads, railways and waterways to force Hasina to call new polls.

Justice Obaidul Hassan, head of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), handed down the sentences, saying the 79-year-old leader would be “hanged by the neck until his death”…

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