Bangladesh, Jan. 15 -- The Supreme Court (SC) upheld on Tuesday the death sentence awarded to former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammad Qaiser for the crimes he committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

A four-member bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, pronounced the verdict in the morning.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and deputy attorney general Biswajit Debnath represented the state while Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Advocate S M Md Shahjahan stood for the convict.

The now-defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 on December 23, 2014, sentenced Qaiser to death as the 14 charges out of the total sixteen framed against him were proven beyond any doubt.

The tribunal handed down the death penalty to him on...