Bangladesh: Jamaat-linked tycoon executed for 1971 war crimes

The condemned war criminals are not entitled to a certain period before being hanged after the apex court verdict as they are tried under a special law. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Dhaka, Bangladesh Sep 03, 2016, 11.57 AM (IST)
Mir Quasem Ali, leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged for 1971 war crimes on Saturday night.

The execution took place at 10.30pm, Bangladesh authorities told local news website

Ali is the sixth Islamist to be hanged for committing crimes during the country’s 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.

The execution comes around a week after the country's Supreme Court rejected Ali's final review petition.

The Kashimpur Central Jail had received the executive order for the media tycoon's death sentence earlier today.

Bangladesh's elite force Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Armed Police Battalion and police – around 50 in number – were deployed outside the jail, The Daily Star reported. 

A Bangladesh tribunal had sentenced five to execution in a trial initiated in 2010 for the 1971 war criminals.

Ali had refused to seek presidential mercy, Jail superintendent Prashanta Kumar Banik told the media.

Ali was sentenced to death in 2014 for war crimes by the International Crimes Tribunal.

(WION with inputs from PTI)