Jamaat Islami leader hanged in Bangladesh for war crimes

2013-12-12 22:32:41 | Al Muslim News
Jamaat Islami leader hanged in Bangladesh for war crimes


Bangladesh have hanged opposition leader and Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Abdul Quader Molla over war crimes, making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country's bloody 1971 war of independence. Deputy law minister Quamrul Islam announced the execution, saying that 65 years old senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Abdul Quader Molla was hanged by the neck in a jail in the capital Dhaka. “It's an historic moment. Finally after four decades, the victims of the genocides of 1971 liberation war have got some justice,” Islam told AFP. The execution will be expected to further inflame tensions in Bangladesh after weeks of deadly violence, and there were reports of fresh clashes soon after the announcement. The hanging took place just hours after the Supreme Court dismissed Molla's appeal for a final review of his death sentence, removing the last legal obstacle to his execution. His wife and children were allowed for last meeting with him at the prison hours before the execution, and found him to be calm. He told us that he is proud to be a martyr for the cause of the Islamic movement in the country, Molla's son Hasan Jamil told AFP after the meeting. Shortly after the execution, Molla's body was being driven by police escort to his home village, where he will be buried. We are not allowed to travel with the body, Jamil said. An ambulance entered the jail moments after the hanging amid loud cheers, while elite Rapid Action Battalion forces circled the jail compound to maintain order. While there was no immediate violence at the prison, local media reported that Islamists and opposition protesters armed with crude bombs and rocks clashed with police in several cities shortly after the execution. Security had already been tightened in anticipation of the execution, with the authorities deploying heavily armed paramilitary border guards in key flashpoints. Jamaat has called the execution a “political murder” and warned of exacting revenge for “every drop” of Molla's blood. But in a sign of the sharp divide in Bangladesh, thousands of secular protesters erupted in celebration as news of the execution came. They had been camping at Shahbagh square in Dhaka since Tuesday night, shouting slogans including: “Hang Quader Molla, hang war criminals.” Molla was originally set to be hanged on Tuesday after he refused to seek presidential clemency..

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