Bangladesh court convicts first official

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DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Tuesday convicted a leading opposition politician of war crimes, the first lawmaker found guilty of atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.

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Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, an influential lawmaker from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, as convicted of genocide by the International Crimes Tribunal, private Somoy TV said.

Chowdhury, a six-time elected member of parliament, faces the death penalty when he is sentenced by the much-criticized tribunal later Tuesday.

Since January the court has convicted six Islamists for crimes committed during the 1971 war, and Chowdhury is the first MP.

AFP

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