Bangladesh sentences ex-lawmaker, five others to death for war crimes



A Bangladeshi tribunal Wednesday sentenced six people including an ex-lawmaker to death for committing crimes against humanity during the country's war in 1971.

The International Crimes Tribunal, led by its Chairman Justice Md Shahinur Islam, found the former Jamaat-e-Islami party Lawmaker Abu Saleh Mohammad Abdul Aziz Mia and five others guilty of the charges brought against them.

The charges include rape, murder, confinement and torture of unarmed civilians. The court indicted the six suspects on Jun 28, 2016.

One of the accused Abdul Latif, who was in police custody, was taken to the tribunal for verdict delivery at 10:30 a.m. local time Wednesday.

The remaining five of the accused including ex-lawmaker Aziz have been absconding.