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Islamic cleric sentenced to death for Bangladesh war crimes

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 sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide. Police believe he fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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 sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013....more

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 sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide. Police believe he fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
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Members of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, a welfare association for combatants who fought during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971, shout slogan after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide. Police believe he fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Members of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, a welfare association for combatants who fought during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971, shout slogan after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013....more

Members of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, a welfare association for combatants who fought during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971, shout slogan after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide. Police believe he fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
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A police officer stands guard in front of a war crimes tribunal that sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide. Police believe he fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

A police officer stands guard in front of a war crimes tribunal that sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the...more

A police officer stands guard in front of a war crimes tribunal that sentenced Abul Kalam Azad to death in Dhaka January 21, 2013. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence. Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide. Police believe he fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj
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