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Bangladesh: Thousands protest over war crimes tribunal

14 February 2013 Last updated at 20:08 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bangladesh in protest over sentences handed out in relation to alleged war crimes during the 1971 war of independence.

It took decades for a tribunal to be set up to look at the atrocities committed at that time, and the first verdicts came this year, including the conviction of a senior leader of Bangladesh's biggest Islamic party.

A former leader from Jamaat-e-Islami was sentenced to death in absentia. Another leader, Abdul Kader Mullah, was given a life sentence last week.

Some protesters feel the sentences have been too lenient, or that the process has been flawed.

Meanwhile, supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami held separate protests calling for Mullah's release.

Some in Bangladesh say that public protests could put unnecessary pressure on judges presiding over the tribunal.

The BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan reports from Dhaka.