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Bangladesh Supreme Court upholds death sentence for 1971 war collaborator

FILE - In this July 17, 2013, file photo, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, the secretary-general of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party, waves from a police vehicle as he is brought to court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, upheld his death sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this July 17, 2013, file photo, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, the secretary-general of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party, waves from a police vehicle as he is brought to court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, upheld his death sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a top leader of an Islamist party for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

On Tuesday, a four-member panel headed by the country's chief justice dismissed the appeal by Jamaat-e-Islami party's Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed against a 2013 verdict sentencing him to death.

Mojaheed was convicted in 2013 of five charges including murder, abduction and torture.

The 65-year-old will be hanged if the case is not reviewed by the same court or if he doesn't get a presidential clemency.

Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators like Mojaheed, killed about 3 million people and raped 200,000 women in 1971.