Bangladesh MP Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was sentenced to death by the Bangladesh’s War Crimes Tribunal on Tuesday.
Chowdhury, a 64 year-old MP from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan,BBC Reported
He was charged with killing at least 200 civilians and collaborating with Pakistan’s army to kill and torture unarmed people, as well as other crimes.
Bangladesh’s War Crimes Tribunal was set up in 2010 by the current Bangladeshi government to deal with those accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces who attempted to stop East Pakistan (as Bangladesh was then) from becoming an independent country.
It is trying nine Jamaat leaders and two members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party – they have always denied any role in war crimes committed by pro-Pakistan militias then.
Chowdhury is the first of those BNP members – and the first sitting MP – to be sentenced.
Human rights groups have questioned the legitimacy of the government’s special war crimes court.