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Bangladesh commutes death sentence of 1971 war crimes convict

Sep 17, 2014    

by Kamrul Hasan Khan/AFPDhaka Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamist preacher, triggering clashes between police and secular protesters who slammed the decision as too lenient.In a surprise ruling, the Supreme Court said 74-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee should spend "the rest of his natural life" in jail for crimes during the 1971 liberation war with Pakistan.Sayedee's death penalty passed last year by a war-crimes tribunal triggered the deadliest political violence in the country's history, and thousands of police were deployed before...

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