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War collaborator sentenced to death

A special tribunal in Bangladesh has convicted a man of collaborating with the Pakistani army and sentenced him to death for several killings during the nation's 1971 independence war.

Judge Obaidul Hasan announced the verdict against Syed Mohammed Kaiser in a packed courtroom in Dhaka today.

Bangladesh blames Pakistani soldiers and local collaborators for the deaths of three million people during the nine-month war. An estimated 200,000 women were raped and about 10 million people were forced to take shelter in refugee camps in neighbouring India.

Kaiser, 73, a former Cabinet member under a former military dictator, was in court for the verdict and sentencing.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina initiated the process of trying people suspected of carrying out war crimes in 1971.

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