Bangladesh Sentences Islamist Leader for War Crimes

In this January 11, 2012 photo, Bangladeshi police officers escort Bangladesh's largest Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami former chief Ghulam Azam, on wheel chair, to jail in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
A Bangladesh war crimes court has convicted a top Islamic party leader of war crimes.

The court in Dhaka handed down a sentence of life in prison for Ghulam Azam Monday. The 90-year-old Azam was found guilty of masterminding atrocities carried out during the country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.

Azam is the spiritual leader of the country's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

Violence in response to the verdict broke out across Bangladesh, pitting Azam's supporters against law enforcement personnel.