(FILES) This file photo taken on November 2, 2014 shows Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami party leader, Mir Quasem Ali waving his hand as he enters a van at the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka. / AFP / STRINGER
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Bangladesh's highest court Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a top Islamist leader and business tycoon for war crimes, clearing the way for his execution within months.Chief Justice S.K. Sinha announced in the Supreme Court he had dismissed the appeal of Mir Quasem Ali, who was convicted of murder and abduction during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. Three senior Jamaat officials and a leader of the main opposition party have been executed since December 2013 for war crimes, despite global criticism of their trials by a controversial war crimes tribunal.Jamaat and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party have accused the government of using the war crimes court to target their leaders through phony charges.
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