Int'l media covered it widely
The maiden verdict of the war crimes tribunal on Monday was widely covered by the international media.
Most of the renowned newspapers and news agencies ran reports on the verdict. Some provided historical and political perspectives of the trial as well.
In its first verdict, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Monday sentenced expelled Jamaat-e-Islami member Abul Kalam Azad to death for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
The BBC report headlined â€œBangladesh cleric sentenced to death for war crimesâ€ termed the tribunal â€œcontroversialâ€ and identified Azad as a â€œwell-known Muslim clericâ€.
With the subheading â€œFractious politicsâ€ in another report, titled â€œBangladesh's watershed war crimes momentâ€, the BBC said, â€œWhile the ruling Awami League has made the trials one of its key goals, the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party or BNP has been less forthcoming.
â€œThe BNP has maintained an electoral alliance with the Jamaat-e-Islami since 2001 and many in the party feel the alliance gives them their best chance of returning to power. But the BNP is unable to oppose the trials.â€
Mentioning â€œSkype scandalâ€, it said the tribunal itself suffered a setback last month, when hours of conversation over Skype between one of its presiding judges and a Brussels-based lawyer were revealed in the press.
The BBC also had a third report on Monday about key war crimes suspects being tired at the tribunals.
The New York Times, quoting Associated Press, ran a report titled â€œBangladesh: Fugitive Sentenced to Death by War Crimes Tribunalâ€ where it identified Azad as â€œpopular Islamic televangelist and a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami partyâ€.
â€œJamaat-e-Islami campaigned in 1971 against Bangladesh's war of separation from Pakistan. The party is accused of supporting or in some cases taking part in atrocities committed by Pakistani troops,â€ it said.
â€œBangladesh says that during the nine-month war, Pakistani troops and local collaborators killed three million people and raped about 200,000 women,â€ it added.
AP ran the report titled â€œBangladesh sentences Islamic cleric to death for crimes from 1971 independence war,â€ where it identified Azad as â€œan Islamic cleric formerly tied to a fundamentalist partyâ€.
News agency Reuters ran a report titled â€œIslamic cleric sentenced to death for Bangladesh war crimesâ€ and termed Jamaat Bangladesh's biggest Islamist party.
â€œThe tribunal has been criticised by rights groups for failing to adhere to standards of international law, while opposition parties say it is politically biased,â€ it said.
News agency AFP ran its report with the headline â€œBangladesh cleric gets death sentence for war crimesâ€ where it mentioned the tribunal as â€œa domestic body with no international oversightâ€.
â€œSupporters of the ruling Awami League party held instant processions in the capital and across the country as the verdict were announced. There were also marches by former freedom fighters, some of whom made V-signs,â€ its report read.
Times of India and the Dawn of Pakistan and Gulfnews.com ran reports of AFP.
The Nation of Pakistan, The Telegraph and The Hindu of India ran reports while Al Jazeera, quoting several agencies, also ran a report on the verdict.