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Sep 17, 2014 2:22 PM

Bangladesh Court Commutes Islamist Leader's Death Sentence

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence of an Islamist leader who was convicted last year by a war crimes tribunal for his role in the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, now 74, will instead spend the rest of his life in prison, a five-member panel of judges ruled today.

As NPR's Julie McCarthy reported last year, Sayedee, a leader of the


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