A prominent Muslim leader living in Britain was today sentenced to death by hanging by a Bangladesh war crimes tribunal.

Chowdury Mueen-Uddin, 63, was found guilty of murdering 18 people including nine university professors, six journalists and three physicians in December 1971 with an accomplice, now living in New York.

The atrocities took place during Bangladesh's war for independence from Pakistan when an estimated 3million people were killed and 200,000 women were raped.

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