A Bangladesh court has sentenced a leading opposition MP to death after he was found guilty of war crimes.
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Tuesday was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971.
The 64-year-old Chowdhury was charged with killing approximately 200 civilians and collaborating with Pakistan\’s army to kill and torture unarmed people, as well as other crimes.
The tribunal process has been denounced by opposition parties as politically motivated ahead of polls due by January, and more than 100 people have been killed in protests against the war crimes verdicts since the start of this year.
Bangladesh deployed security forces in the capital, Dhaka, and in Chowdhury\’s home city ahead of the verdict.
Chowdhury\’s is the seventh such verdict by the body set up to investigate abuses during the war of independence.
Also on Tuesday, Bangladesh\’s Supreme Court sentenced a top Islamist leader to death for war crimes during the country\’s 1971 independence war, rejecting an earlier life sentence imposed by a war crimes tribunal.