Bangladesh executes last prominent Jamaat leader

Bangladesh executes last prominent Jamaat leader

Ali was a key commander of the pro-Pakistan militia during the 1971 war [Monirul Alam/EPA]

Bangladesh has executed a wealthy tycoon and top financial backer of its largest opposition party after his family paid him a final visit.

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged on Saturday after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan.

“The execution took place at 10:35 pm (1635GMT),” said Anisul Huq, the country’s law and justice minister.

Ali had been imprisoned at the Kashimpur high security jail in Gazipur, some 40 km north of the capital Dhaka. BROWSE TO READ MORE OF THIS STORY


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