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    Bangladesh divided over war crimes convictions

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Protests continue across Bangladesh as tens of thousands of people call for the death penalty for convicted war criminals. One of them is Abdul Quader Mollah, who was handed a life sentence for his role in the 1971 War for Independence against Pakistan. Activists say the punishment is was too lenient. The trials are seen as part of a long and bitter rivalry between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the main opposition leader, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who is allied with the Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat-e-Islami claims the conviction of Mollah was politically motivated. An Al Jazeera special correspondent travelled to Dhaka and filed this report.