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Riots In Bangladesh Continue After The Sentencing Of Top Political Leader

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Riots protesting the death sentence handed down to Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Delawar Hossain Sayedeein in Bangladesh last Thursday, have turned deadly with 62 people reported dead. Jamaat-e-Islami is the country’s largest Islamic party and a supporter of Bangladesh’s opposition party, The Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former PM Khaleda Zia. The 73-year-old Sayedee was found guilty by a war crimes tribunal for his part in the 1971 war of separation from Pakistan. The tribunal was established in 2010 by PM Sheikh Hasina to investigate the abuses that took place during the nine-month war with Pakistan. Sayedee was found guilty on all counts, which included arson, rape, murder, and forcible conversions. He is the third person to be convicted by the war crimes tribunal, with another seven members of Jamaat-e-Islami on trial for their involvement. Party supporters and activists came out in arms after the ruling, saying that the trial failed to follow international standards and was politically motivated with the government attempting to weaken the opposition. This has led to the army being deployed in the city of Bogra, which is north of the capital, Dhaka, where shots were fired between police and demonstrators. In the district of Chittagong forces used tear gas to stop demonstrators from setting up roadblocks and smashing vehicles. Dhaka news stations are also reporting protesters have set up roadblocks and are attacking homes of government supporters in other areas as well.   riots

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