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    Bangladesh to hang Jamaat's opposition leaders in hours

    DHAKA: Two top Bangladeshi opposition leaders will be hanged later Saturday night for their roles in the 1971 independence war after the country's president rejected their last-ditch clemency pleas to avoid execution.

    Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told AFP that President Abdul Hamid turned down the pleas just hours after the two leaders sought the pardon in a bid to escape the gallows.

    “The president has rejected their mercy petitions,” Khan said, adding the authorities would now prepare for the executions of the two leaders.

    The minister did not give any timelines for the execution, but deputy police chief of Dhaka Sheikh Maruf Hasan said the two convicted leaders, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, would be hanged later Saturday night.

    “The executions will take place today. That's why we have stepped up security,” Hasan told reporters in front of the gate of Dhaka Central Jail where the scaffolds have been prepared to execute the two by hanging.

    Mujahid, 67, was sentenced to death for war crimes such as the killing of the country's top intellectuals. He is the second most senior member of Bangladesh's largest religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

    Chowdhury, 66, was convicted for atrocities such as genocide during the 1971 war. He is a six-times ex-lawmaker and a top aide to Khaleda Zia, leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

    In a sign that the two leaders were set to be hanged within hours, family members of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury went to the prison to meet the two for the last time.

    “The prison authorities have called us to meet our father. Definitely, that's the last meeting,” Ali Ahmad Mabrur, the youngest son of Mujahid, told AFP as hundreds of police could be seen surrounding the prison compound.

    Hojatul Islam, a lawyer for Salahuddin Qauder Chowdhury, said the former leader's family had also entered the jail to meet him. “This is the end,” he said.

    As part of a century-long tradition, Bangladeshi prison authorities call family members of death-row convicts to meet them one final time hours before their execution.

    All avenues exhausted
    Earlier on Saturday, Justice Minister Anisul Huq said the two had sought clemency from the president after exhausting all legal appeals to avoid execution.

    Hamid has the power to pardon or commute the death sentence of any convict.

    Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed their final appeals, upholding the leaders' death sentences originally handed down by a controversial domestic war crimes tribunal in 2013.

    Sons of the two convicts, however, questioned whether their fathers had in fact sought mercy, saying they don't believe the government's statements.

    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 latest verdicts 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 months.

    Jamaat called a nationwide strike on Thursday, declaring Mujahid's original trial “farcical” and “aimed at eliminating” the party's leadership.

    International rights groups and legal experts have also criticised the trial, saying it fell short of international standards.

    On Friday New York-based Human Rights Watch asked Bangladesh to halt the “imminent executions” of Mujahid and Chowdhury, citing “serious fair trial concerns surrounding their convictions”.

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    Heroic Bangladesh - at least it has the courage to defend itself against the Islamist enemy. There is no more vicious, more ferocious, more resolute, more self righteous an enemy to not just Muslim majority nation states but to all who see a utility in organizing themselves around ideas that promote a more humane approach towards ourselves and others but all towards increasing the awareness of our individual dignity and liberty, than the Islam-ism the Jamaat's seeks to "implement" in an effort to crush the very idea of faith in God, an idea which requires the fullest expression of individual liberty to be meaningful. So Kudos to Bangladesh, Hopefully you will always be clear in recognizing that the survival of Bangladesh as a free peoples comes before any Totalitarian ideology, even if that ideology wears the mask of religion.
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    Bangladesh Hangs Opposition Leaders for War Crimes

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    Bangladesh Hangs Opposition Leaders for War Crimes


    DHAKA: Two senior Bangladeshi opposition leaders were executed early Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war with Pakistan after their last-ditch pleas for clemency were rejected, a minister said.

    "Both of them have been hanged. The execution took place at 00:45am (1845 GMT Saturday)," Justice Minister Anisul Huq told AFP after Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury lost their final bid to escape the gallows.

    Hundreds of police had been stationed outside Dhaka Central Jail where scaffolds had been prepared to execute the two by hanging.

    The first sign that the executions had taken place came when four ambulances were driven away from the prison in the old quarter of the capital Dhaka.

    After news of the execution broke, supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League took to the streets to celebrate and also unfurled national flags near the prison.

    The 67-year-old Mujahid was sentenced to death for war crimes such as the killing of the country's top intellectuals. He is the second most senior member of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami.

    Chowdhury, 66, was convicted for atrocities such as genocide during the 1971 war when the then East Pakistan split from Islamabad. He is a six-times ex-lawmaker and a top aide to Khaleda Zia, leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

    Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the two men's final appeals, upholding the death sentences originally handed down by a controversial domestic war crimes tribunal in 2013.
    - Clemency pleas 'rejected' -

    Huq said the two had sought clemency on Saturday from President Abdul Hamid after exhausting all legal appeals to avoid execution but their pleas were turned down.

    Sons of the two convicts, however, questioned whether their fathers had in fact sought mercy, saying they did not believe the government's statements.

    The pair were 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 months.

    Jamaat called a nationwide strike on Thursday, declaring Mujahid's original trial "farcical" and "aimed at eliminating" the party's leadership.

    International rights groups and legal experts have also criticised the trial, saying it fell short of international standards.

    On Friday New York-based Human Rights Watch asked Bangladesh to halt the "imminent executions" of Mujahid and Chowdhury, citing "serious fair trial concerns surrounding their convictions".

    The opposition says the tribunals are designed to settle scores rather than deliver justice but the government insists that the trials have been fair and were needed to address the country's bloody history.

    Hasina, whose father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the leader of the independence movement, says that three million people were killed in the nine-month conflict, many butchered by pro-Pakistan militias.

    Independent researchers however say the overall death toll was much lower.

    Story First Published: November 22, 2015 01:39 IST

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