Bangladesh top Islamist jailed for 90 years for war crimes

Islamist leader Ghulam Azam (pictured) was sentenced for wartime atrocities on Monday in Bangladesh. (File photo: Reuters)

A special Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced a top Islamist to 90 years in prison for masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.

Ghulam Azam, 90, the wartime head of the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and now its spiritual leader, was found guilty of all five charges by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal.

“He has been sentenced to 90 years in prison or until his death for the charges,” prosecutor Sultan Mahmud told AFP.

The sentence came amid violent clashes in cities across Bangladesh between his supporters and police.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40