Bangladesh academician hails trials of 1971 war criminals

Bangladesh academician, S M Imamul Huq, hailed the trials of the war criminals, accused of genocide during 1971 liberation struggle although he expected the verdict much earlier. The trigger for this year's spasm of unrest came in February when a tribunal set up by the government to investigate abuses during the war sentenced a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party to life in prison, sparing him execution. Jamaat, an Islamist ally of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), opposed independence from Pakistan, denies accusations that some of its leaders committed murder, rape and torture during the conflict.