Nov 3 2013
A Muslim leader living in Britain has been sentenced to death after being found guilty of war crimes in his native Bangladesh.
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin was sentenced in his absence at a special war crimes tribunal in his home country after refusing to return to Bangladesh to face trial, the Associated Press reported.
He was found guilty of abducting and murdering 18 people including nine university teachers, six journalists and three physicians in December 1971, during the country's fight for independence against Pakistan.
The court also convicted Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who is currently in New York.
Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers and local collaborators killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women during the war.
The Home Office was unable to confirm if an extradition request had been made for Uddin.
A spokesman said: "As a matter of long standing policy and practice the UK will neither confirm nor deny whether an extradition request has been made or received until such time as a person is arrested in relation to that request."