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Muslim politician in Bangladesh loses appeal on hanging

AFP, DHAKA

A Bangladeshi Muslim leader yesterday lost his final appeal against a death sentence for overseeing a massacre during the 1971 independence war, sparking protests by his supporters that left one dead.

Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, the third-most senior figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party, could now be hanged within days for the slaughter at the so-called “Village of Widows.”

In a brief session at the Supreme Court in Dhaka, Chief Justice S.K. Sinha ruled that a review petition filed by Kamaruzzaman’s lawyers had been dismissed and a death sentence passed in 2013 should stand.

Police opened fire on around a dozen Jamaat supporters in the southern coastal town of Noakhali after they took to the streets to protest at the decision.

“We fired in self-defense after they hurled rocks at us,” local police chief Anwar Hossain said, adding one protester was killed and another injured.

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