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Bangladesh maintains death sentence for top Islamist leader

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DHAKA — Bangladesh`s highest court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence against the leader of the country`s largest Islamist party for crimes during its 1971 independence struggle.

The Supreme Court led by chief justice SK Sinha dismissed an appeal by Motiur Rahman Nizami, the “Emir” of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, who was originally sentenced to hang for murder, rape and orchestrating the killing of top intellectuals as the head of a ruthless militia during the conflict.

“The court upheld the death sentence in three out of four charges. We`re very happy,” prosecutor Tureen Afroz told reporters after coming out of the court.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

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Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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