Two opposition leaders hanged in Bangladesh over 1971 war crimes



    Two opposition leaders hanged in Bangladesh over 1971 war crimes

    Nov 22, Dhaka: The two opposition leaders Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were hanged in Dhaka's central jail after their plea for mercy had been rejected by the President.

    They were charged with war crimes committed during the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan. They were convicted of genocide and rape.
    Chowdhury has been an influential politician - he was elected MP six times. Mujahid was a top leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party.

    The pair are among more than a dozen leaders of the opposition alliance convicted by a tribunal set up by the secular government in 2010.

    The convictions triggered the country's deadliest violence since independence, with some 500 people killed, mainly in clashes between Jamaat-e-Islami activists and police.

    There are fears the executions could spark fresh unrest in the Muslim-majority nation, which is reeling from a string of killings of secular bloggers as well as the murders of two foreigners in recent 

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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