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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh's Parliament amended the country's war crimes law on Sunday, allowing prosecutors to appeal the life sentence given to an opposition leader for his role in mass killings during the 1971 war for independence.

Before the passing of the amendment to the 1973 war crimes law, only a defendant could appeal a sentence. The change will allow state prosecutors to appeal the life sentence handed down to Abdul Quader Mollah for his role in the slayings of 381 civilians.

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