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Bangladesh tribunal sentences senior opposition member to life imprisonment for war crimes

A special Bangladesh tribunal has found a senior member of the opposition guilty of crimes against humanity stemming from the nation's 1971 independence war and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

The prosecution says 83-year-old Abdul Alim of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party was found guilty Wednesday of involvement in the killing of at least 600 people during the war.

It is the eighth verdict delivered by the tribunal since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government ordered it formed in 2010 to prosecute war crimes.

Last week the tribunal sentenced another senior party member, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, to death for crimes against humanity.

Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan in 1971 after a nine-month war in which 3 million people were killed and at least 200,000 women were raped.