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Fighting Starts After Islamist Sentenced to Death
By Harold Hutchison

A wave of violence erupted in Bangladesh after a court sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death. Sayedee is a top opposition leader in the country, which won a 1971 war for independence against Pakistan.

Sayedee was convicted of a number of crimes, including mass killings and rape, committed during that war. At least 44 people have been killed in the fighting, which occurred during a nationwide shutdown called by Sayedee's party, Jamaat-e-Islami, which is demanding he be released.

Bangladesh established the war crimes tribunal in 2010, and it has since sentenced three leaders of the Islamist party for crimes. One other individual was sentenced to death in absentia, and another received life in prison.