Bangladesh hangs two former lawmakers for siding Pakistan in 1971

DHAKA – Two opposition leaders in Bangladesh have been executed for ‘war crimes’ committed during the 1971 ‘independence’ struggle, International media reported on Sunday.Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were hanged in the central jail here in Dhaka. They were convicted of ‘genocide and rape,’ – charges they denied.Salahuddin has been an influential politician – he was elected MP six times. Mujahid was a top leader of Jamaat-e-Islami party of Bangladesh. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that they were hanged after President Abdul Hamid rejected appeals for clemency by the two men.However, family members have dismissed reports that the men had made any such appeals, which would have also required admissions of guilt. “My father said he did not seek any mercy,” Salahuddin’s son Humam Qauder Chowdhury told reporters after meeting his father for the last time hours before his execution. “He has always said he’s innocent,” he added.


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