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Bangladesh’s Motiur Rahman Nizami To Hang

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A final appeal by the leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party against a death penalty for involvement in a 1971 liberation war has been rejected, his lawyers said, clearing the way for his hanging.

The Supreme Court on Thursday passed the order against Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami party, which opposed the war for independence from Pakistan.

The 73-year-old, who was also given life sentences for four other war crimes convictions, has exhausted all legal options and only a presidential pardon could now save him.

Jamaat called a 24-nationwide strike for Sunday in a response published on its website.

The Supreme Court in January upheld the death penalty for Nizamion convictions of genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of top intellectuals during the war.

Al Jazeera

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