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Bangladesh hangs Islamist opposition leader for war crimes

Published on Dec 13, 2013 12:46 AM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh on Thursday hanged a senior Islamist leader known as the “Butcher of Mirpur", making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.

“The execution has been carried out,” deputy law minister Quamrul Islam told AFP, adding that Abdul Quader Molla, 65, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at 10.01 pm (1601 GMT) in a jail in the capital Dhaka.

The hanging took place just hours after the country’s Supreme Court dismissed Molla’s appeal for a final review of his death sentence, removing the last legal option against his execution.

The wife and children of Molla met the Jamaat-e-Islami leader at a jail in Dhaka for one last time hours before the execution, and found him to be “calm”.

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