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..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Finance minister and PM's son to be appear before joint investigation team today.

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family's business dealings abroad has summoned finance minister Ishaq Dar to appe... More

Pakistan blast victims end sit-in as demands met

Islamabad, Pakistan - Thousands of protesters in the northwestern Pakistani city of Parachinar have ended a week-long sit-in following twin blasts tha... More

Large gathering to pray in collective funeral, held for Bahawalpur oil tanker fire victims

BAHAWALPUR: Collective funeral prayers for the victims of Bahawalpur oil tanker fire was held in Ramzan Joiya village, Ahmedpur East, here on Tuesday ... More

At least 123 killed in tanker fire near Bahawalpur

At least 123 people have been burnt alive and dozens of others injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur in Pakistan's ... More

Qatar denied all dictations from Saudi Arabia.

Qatar has dismissed a list of demands submitted by four Arab nations as neither reasonable or actionable.   This list of demands confirms w... More

Twin blasts kill dozens in Parachinar market

At least 26 people have been killed and 75 others wounded when twin explosions ripped through a crowded market in northwest Pakistan, according to off... More

Afghanistan suicide bomb kills at least 34

At least 34 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday. The bombing targeted Afghan troops ... More

India arrests 15 for celebrating Pakistan`s Champions Trophy victory

NEW DELHI: Indian police have in remission fifteen Muslims and filed offence charges against them for celebrating Pakistan’s triumph against Ind... More

Younis becomes first Pakistani to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket

KARACHI: Seldom have we waited for a sporting milestone with such eagerness, and anxiety, as we did for master batsman Younis Khan to complete 10,000 ... More

30