Riots erupt in Bangladesh following Islamist’s sentencing for 1971 liberation war crimes

Sydney, Feb 5: Riots have broken out in several cities in Bangladesh after a court sentenced a senior Islamist opposition official to life in prison.

Abdul Quader Molla, 64, was jailed for mass murder during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

Molla, the fourth-highest leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was the first politician to be found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal, a much-criticised domestic court based in Dhaka.

According to the Australian, the judgment sparked immediate protests by Jamaat, the country’s largest Islamic party, which enforced a nationwide strike in anticipation of the conviction.

It warned it would resist ‘at any cost a government blueprint’ to execute its leaders.

Police said they had clashed with protesters in the capital, Dhaka, and in several other cities across the country in the aftermath of the verdict.

According to the report, Molla cried ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (God is greater) at the sentencing on Tuesday and said the charges, which also include crimes against humanity, were false. (ANI)