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Opposition Leader Executed for War Crimes in Bangladesh

One of a convoy of three ambulances believed to carry the body of Bangladesh Jamaat-E-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah leave the central jail in Dhaka, Dec.12, 2013.
One of a convoy of three ambulances believed to carry the body of Bangladesh Jamaat-E-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah leave the central jail in Dhaka, Dec.12, 2013.
VOA News
Bangladesh on Thursday executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes hours after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal.

Bangladeshi officials confirmed that Abdul Qader Mollah was hanged to death at 10:01 p.m. local time.    

A VOA reporter in the capital city Dhaka said there is heavy security in the city as the situation remains tense. According to The Associated Press, Mollah's party Jamaat-e-Islami has called for a nationwide general strike for Sunday.

FILE - Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah talks from a police van after a war crimes tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment in Dhaka.FILE - Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah talks from a police van after a war crimes tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment in Dhaka.
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FILE - Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah talks from a police van after a war crimes tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment in Dhaka.
FILE - Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah talks from a police van after a war crimes tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment in Dhaka.
​Mollah was convicted of committing war crimes during the nation's war of independence against Pakistan in 1971. Critics fear his execution could begin a fresh wave of political violence before national elections set for next month.

Earlier, Jamaat-e-Islami had issued a statement warning of "dire consequences" if he were executed.

The court turned down a request for a review of the death penalty by Mollah's legal team. He was set to be hanged late Tuesday before his lawyers secured a postponement.

New York based Human Rights Watch warned that by executing Mollah without reviewing the death sentence, Bangladesh could be breaking international law.

Jamaat-e-Islami sided with the Pakistan army during a bloody civil war that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party says three million people died in the war. Independent researchers put the death toll between 300,000-500,000.   

Related photogallery:

  • Activists shout slogans as they participate in a rally in Dhaka, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Family members of Abdul Quader Mollah wait to meet him at the Central Jail in Dhaka after a court cleared the way for his execution, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • People celebrate after the Supreme Court rejected Abdul Quader Mollah's request for an appeal against his death sentence in Dhaka, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Lawyers of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party protest after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, an opposition leader convicted of war crimes in Dhaka, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Activists and others gather to celebrate after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, Dhaka, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Protesters demand immediate execution of Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka, Dec. 11, 2013.
  • Protest demand the immediate execution of Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka, Dec. 11, 2013.

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by: Omar Mukhtar from: Dhaka
December 13, 2013 8:15 AM
This was a witch hunting trial. Fabricated witnesses were used as evidence. We can all say this is a new international standard by Bangladesh !!!! Sustained propaganda was used to create public opinion for the demand of death penalty so that it looked like people forcing the government to enact which made sure there is no other punishment than death penalty for these cases. Even the right to appeal was removed. What a complete capitulation of mass media and public opinion towards criminality. Hitlar and his Nazis reincarnated in Bangladesh and now they are treating Islamists like Jews.

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by: San Mann
December 13, 2013 11:47 PM
This man Mollah led the Al-Badr militias, which aided the Pakistani troops in massacring hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people. A large fraction of the Bengalis who were murdered were Hindus, whom the Islamists have sectarian hatred for. How come you fanatics have opposed any punishment for those who helped perpetrate such horrible crimes?


by: A Bangladeshi from: Dhaka
December 13, 2013 4:04 AM
Please check your sources again when you say 300, 000-500, 000 people were killed in 1971....please check historical records to confirm the number

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by: San Mann
December 13, 2013 11:48 PM
Rather than making vague deflections, why don't you tell us how many you think were killed during the mass extermination campaigns of 1971?


by: gias from: dhaka
December 13, 2013 1:35 AM
Rapist dead we r happy. Where was human rights when 3 Bangladeshi hunged by Saudi government shame on u

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