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Bangladesh SC upholds Nizami’s death penalty

Bangladesh SC upholds Nizami’s death penalty
Members of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, a welfare association for combatants who fought during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971, shout slogans after a war crimes tribunal postponed Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami's verdict in Dhaka June 24, 2014. The International Crimes Tribunal postponed the verdict due to his illness, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3VEJW

Dhaka: The Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty given to Jamaat-e-Islamic chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, charged for arms trafficking and 1971 war crimes against humanity.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division upheld his death in three charges, life imprisonment in two and acquitted him in three other charges, reported The Daily Star.

Nizami was the last high-profile suspect to be tried for 1971 war crimes. The court delayed his verdict in June 2014 because of his poor health.

The special tribunal had last year said that death would be the only fitting punishment for the horrendous crimes which Nizami committed. (ANI)