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Bangladesh executes leader of Islamist party over war crimes

The head of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party has been executed for his role in acts of genocide and war crimes during the country's war of independence against Pakistan in 1971.

Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hung on Wednesday inside Dhaka Central Jail.

Nizami had sought a review of his death sentence, but the country's Supreme Court upheld his punishment after he was convicted of three major charges stemming from the 1971 war - including the killings of 480 people.

He was also held responsible for the killings of dozens of intellectuals, including teachers, journalists and doctors, just two days before Bangladesh gained independence in 1971.

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