Bangladesh executes Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Quamaruzzaman

Mohammad Qamaruzzaman was put to death by hanging at 10:01 p.m. Saturday inside the central jail in the capital, Dhaka.

By: Press Trust of India | Dhaka | Updated: April 12, 2015 6:18 am
Mohammad Kamaruzzaman (Source: Reuters photo) Mohammad Kamaruzzaman (Source: Reuters photo)

Top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Quamaruzzaman was hanged on Saturday for committing war crimes and mass killings during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, days after he lost his final bid to overturn his death sentence.

He was hanged at 10:01 pm local time, jail officials were quoted by local media reports as saying.

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Quamaruzzaman, the third most influential leader in the Islamist party, was hanged late on Saturday the night after his execution was postponed at the last minute on Friday.

Quamaruzzaman, 63, is the second Jamaat leader after Quader Mollah to be executed for 1971 war crimes.

He had decided not to seek presidential clemency after the review of his conviction was rejected on April 6 by a four-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in May 2013 sentenced Quamaruzzaman to death for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war.

He was found guilty of mass killing, murder, abduction, torture, rape, persecution and abetment of torture in central Mymensingh region. He was convicted for killing 164 people at a village in his home district in northern Sherpur.

The Supreme Court had on November 3 last year upheld his death penalty. The apex court, however, issued the full text of the judgement on February 18 and sent it to the ICT, which immediately issued a death warrant.

The apex court called his crimes “worse than Nazis” when it upheld the judgement of the ICT.

About three million people were killed by the Pakistani army and their Bengali-speaking collaborators during the war.

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  1. B
    Apr 11, 2015 at 11:34 pm
    More than three million (30 lakhs) people killed in East stan, what is now Bangladesh, in 1971 by stani Army. Out of 3 million, more than 90 percent were Hindus. stani Army targeted Hindu Bengalis, the way Al-Shaab targets non-muslims in Kenya. And over 10 millions Hindus become homeless in 1971, they fled East stan to India to save life. We must write these histories and teach in schools. Our history in most part are white-washing and cover-up.
    1. M
      Apr 12, 2015 at 2:25 am
      in 1971, The stani army and its local bengali muslim collaborators declared Hindus as 'Indian agents' and launched m slaughter of Hindus. More than a million Hindus , slaughtered. Many millions lost everything. India had 91000 Pak army personnel in custody, many of its officers directly responsible for murder of thousands of Hindus. India just shrugged and walked away as a million cattle have been murdered. If India had held war crimes tribunal and convicted and punished top 100 stani officers responsible for the genocide of Bengalis , it would have set a precedent and reversed the course of history that murder of Hindus by Islam is no crime. That was the biggest ber committed by India and it stems from our national character, which needs to be corrected, that shrugs off the worst crimes against Hindus.
      1. G
        Girish Rao
        Apr 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm
        Congratulations Bangladeshi people you have shown the way to deal with terrorists. . . . Hope we also learn something from u. . .
        1. Shyamal Ganguly
          Apr 12, 2015 at 3:11 am
          JAMATIS will try to disturb peace in Bangladesh and Waste Bengal. MAMTAZ BANERJEE, CM love JAMATIS and she helped lots of them build clandestine cottage industry to make bombs.
          1. L
            Apr 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm
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