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Bangladesh's top court upholds Islamist tycoon's death sentence

The leader of Bangladeshi Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, Mir Quasem Ali, waves as he enters a van at the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka on November 2, 2014Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami’s chief financier, imposed for war crimes, in a major blow to the country’s biggest Islamist party. Mir Quasem Ali, a shipping and real estate tycoon, was convicted in 2014 of abducting and murdering a young fighter during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. Three senior Jamaat officials and a leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been executed since December 2013 for war crimes, despite global criticism of their trials by a controversial tribunal.

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