Bangladesh executes Jamaat-e-Islami financier and Business Tycoon Mir Quasem Ali
Sept 4,Dhaka: 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 business tycoon and top financial backer of the largest opposition party was hanged on Saturday night, according to 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.
After the Supreme Court rejected his final appeal against the penalty on Tuesday, Ali declined to seek a presidential pardon, which would require an admission of guilt.
Ali was a key commander of the pro-Pakistan militia in the southern port city of Chittagong during the 1971 war, and later became a shipping and real estate tycoon.
"He was a celebrated philanthropist, a very successful businessman and somebody who has done tremendous amount of work to create free media and to work with vulnerable people, especially refugees," Anmad said.
The Oslo Times International News Network