Bangladesh Executes Opposition Leader After Controversial War-Crimes Ruling

Opposition Islamist parties had threatened "dire consequences" if Abdul Quader Mollah was executed.

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An opposition leader in Bangladesh who was found guilty of war crimes during the nation’s war of independence was executed Thursday amid allegations the trial was politically motivated.

Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged Thursday night in the first such execution since the government began trying suspected war criminals in the country’s bloody 1971 war for independence from Pakistan, which left hundreds of thousands dead. He was found guilty by the country’s International Crimes Tribunal of killing a student and a family of 11 as well as aiding in the murder by Pakistani troops of 369 other people, the Associated Press reports.

Mollah’s Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, which previously threatened “dire consequences” if he was executed, immediately called for a general strike for Sunday. Security was tightened around the jail where Mollah was executed and throughout the capital city of Dhaka. Earlier in the day, three people were killed and 15 injured when protesters in eastern Bangladesh clashed with police.

The trials have ostensibly sought to bring justice 40 years after the brutal war, but they have inflamed tensions in the impoverished country, where Islamists say they are being used to crack down on the government’s opponents. International observers have criticized the trial process and on Tuesday the United Nations high commissioner for human rights recommended in vain that the country hold off on the execution.

The execution was placed on hold Tuesday, the initial date, but went forward after the Supreme Court rejected Mullah’s final appeal.

[AP]

5 comments
malmasood
malmasood

Bangladesh is a small,nice,beautiful country. Every body in this world knows what happed to them in 1971.Now this shaikh hasins gov't trying to bring all the war criminals to the justice.World bodys did the same thing to the 2nd world war criminls.Why some people are crying for the war mongers ? Every body should support it . And where are the so called humen rights ? Where are they now ?

premnath123
premnath123

This verdict was long due. It was a crime against humanity and the butchers are not taking shelter under religion. Every single man in Bangladesh, except  Jamaat - E-Islam anarchist and their supporters, knows how the butchers acted as agent of Pakistan in order to crush free struggle. 


International media and governments are completely ignorant of these facts, that's why they chants about Human Rights of the butchers. Simple question to them: Why did you not protects those brave hearts who fell under the wrath of anti-nationals? Butchers have done their job then, if they are still covertly or overtly supported, they will get more confidence in killing their opponents. Will you find that a Human Right's violation.


Lastly, Human Rights violation occurs to the humans, but not to beasts. Therefore, pseudo human rights org and their sympathizers, please learn to empathize with the people who lost their near and dear ones during Bangladesh's freedom struggle.




AbdurRahman
AbdurRahman

This is very heart broken news all over the World. The government of Bangladesh has been cherishing revengeful administration to the opposition party in especially for  Jamaat - E-Islam in the name of war crimes. It is criticized in home and abroad. Its governor bodies are controversy . U.S.A and U.K severely protested about International crimes Tribunal. These two countries don't support for life sentence . So the judgment  is not free ,fair and credible . As a result they have to suffer in the long run.



malmasood
malmasood

@AbdurRahman Why do you think so ? You better should know the history . How about 2nd world war criminals ? do you know thier fate ? don't say any thing without knowing nothing . If they can bring their war criminals to the justice why we could not ? Every war criminals should bring to the justic . Where did you learn that  judgment is not fair and free and credible ? Go to school and stady the law > you dummy .