DHAKA: Bangladesh's Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against a top Jamat-e-Islami political leader for favoring Pakistan.
Motiur Rahman Nizami - leader of the country's biggest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami - was convicted by a special war crimes tribunal last year of a raft of many offences.
Four opposition politicians, including three leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted by the tribunal and executed since late 2013.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up the tribunal in 2010 to investigate alleged crimes committed during 1971 war.
Islamists have denounced the tribunal as part of a politically motivated campaign aimed at weakening the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key ally of the country's main opposition party.
Nizami is accused of setting up the Al-Badr militia, a paramilitary unit.
A panel of senior Supreme Court judges rejected his appeal, removing the last legal barrier to his execution by hanging unless he is granted a presidential pardon, which analysts see as unlikely.