A prominent religious party in Bangladesh has called on supporters to hold a nationwide strike against the death sentence handed down to its leader.
The Jamaat-e-Islami party urged its followers to begin a 48-hour strike on Wednesday to protest against a court ruling sentencing Motiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the party, to death.
Nizami was given the sentence over what the court called crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. The verdict was upheld by Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Monday.
Nizami’s defense lawyers said they would ask for a review. However, state prosecutors say that is not an option.
The leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party are accused by the Bangladeshi government of backing Pakistan in the war for independence.
The country’s judiciary system has sentenced several senior Jamaat officials to death so far.