Bangladesh court upholds opposition leaders' death sentences

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences imposed on two opposition leaders, including Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid (pictured), a senior member of the Jamaat-e-Islami partyBangladesh’s highest court Wednesday upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders convicted for atrocities during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, sparking fears of violence by their supporters. The Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the final appeals of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury clears the way for them to be hanged as early as next week if the president does not grant them clemency. There is now no legal bar to execute them,” Attorney General Mabubebey Alam said.

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