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.