Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced a popular Islamic televangelist to death on Monday, the first verdict by the controversial body set up to probe abuses during the country's bloody struggle for independence.
Abul Kalam Azad, a former member of Bangladesh's
biggest Islamist party, was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide
during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971. Police believe he
fled to Pakistan last April and he was tried in absentia.