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Bangladesh: 3 get death penalty for 1971 war crimes

  • Bangladeshi policemen escort S M Yousuf Ali, third left, after he was sentenced to life until death for his alleged involvement in war crimes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 18, 2016. A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced three members of a militia group to death and five others to life in prison for their alleged role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo)

    Bangladeshi policemen escort S M Yousuf Ali, third left, after he was sentenced to life until death for his alleged involvement in war crimes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 18, 2016. A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced three members of a militia group to death and five others to life in prison for their alleged role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi policemen escort S M Yousuf Ali, center, after he was sentenced to life until death for his alleged involvement in war crimes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 18, 2016. A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced three members of a militia group to death and five others to life in prison for their alleged role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo)

    Bangladeshi policemen escort S M Yousuf Ali, center, after he was sentenced to life until death for his alleged involvement in war crimes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 18, 2016. A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced three members of a militia group to death and five others to life in prison for their alleged role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi policemen stand guard outside a special court as it announces a verdict against people involved in war crimes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 18, 2016. The special tribunal sentenced three members of a militia group to death and five others to life in prison for their alleged role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo)

    Bangladeshi policemen stand guard outside a special court as it announces a verdict against people involved in war crimes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, July 18, 2016. The special tribunal sentenced three members of a militia group to death and five others to life in prison for their alleged role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced three members of a militia group to death for their role in killings and other serious crimes committed during the country's independence war against Pakistan 35 years ago.

Five other defendants were sentenced to life in prison in the same case.

A three-member panel of judges announced the verdict Monday with only two of the defendants in the docks. The others were tried in absentia. All of them were members of Al Badr, which collaborated with the Pakistani army to commit genocide in Bangladesh's Jamalpur district in 1971.

Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed 3 million people, raped 200,000 women and forced 10 million people to flee to refugee camps in India.