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Bangladesh Islamists protest death penalty, one killed

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VandalismActivists of the Jamaat-e-Islami party damage a car in Dhaka on Tuesday.PHOTO: Reuters
VandalismActivists of the Jamaat-e-Islami party damage a car in Dhaka on Tuesday.PHOTO: Reuters

One person was killed in Bangladesh on Wednesday as violent protests erupted across the country after a court sentenced a senior Islamist leader to death for mass murder, police said.

A rickshaw driver died after being hit with stones during a protest in southern Bangladesh by supporters of the country’s largest Islamist party. Elsewhere, brick-throwing demonstrators battled with police who retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas, officers said.

The violence comes as towns and cities shut down after the Jamaat-e-Islami party called a nationwide strike to protest the death sentence handed on Tuesday to Abdul Quader Molla for crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.

The Supreme Court sentenced Molla to death, toughening the sentence originally handed down by the country’s war crimes tribunal, and rejecting an appeal for acquittal by his defence lawyers.

Police said security was tight in the capital with thousands of police and paramilitary border guards patrolling the streets.AFP

Death sentence was handed to Abdul Quader Molla for crimes committed during the war


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