October 27, 2016

Bangladesh hangs two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid

Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan.

BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed Both of them were hanged simultaneously on two separate platforms.

The execution took place at around 12:45am on Sunday at Dhaka Central Jail.

Earlier President Abdul Hamid rejected the mercy petitions filed by Salauddin Quader and Mujahid ending all obstacles to go for execution of verdict by International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

Salauddin Quader was sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal on Oct 1, 2013 for the mass killing and torture of Hindus.

He lodged appeal against his sentence on October 29, 2013 and the Appellate Division in its verdict on July 29, 2015, upheld the death sentence for him.

A special tribunal sentenced the Jamaat secretary general Mojaheed to death on Jul 17, 2013 for the murder of intellectuals and his involvement in the killing and torture of Hindus in 1971.

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