Bangladesh: Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali hanged for 1971 war crimes

He was convicted of running Al Badr's torture cell that carried out killings of several people
Mir Kashem

Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali was on Saturday night hanged in Kashimpur Central Jail on the outskirt of the capital for war crime committed during the country’s 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.He is the sixth Islamist to be executed for war crimes.

“He was hanged at 10.35pm(local time),” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said.

On Friday,the 63-year-old Ali refused to seek presidential clemency, which was the his  last resort.

He was the infamous pro-Pakistan Al-Badr militia’s third most important figure, to save his neck after the Supreme Court rejected his final review petition on Tuesday. Bangladesh authorities, earlier, called Ali’s family to the prison to meet him.

“Twenty-two members of his family reached the jail to see him (Ali) for the last time,” media reported.

Ali, who owned several business houses and media outlets including a now suspended TV channel, was a central executive council member of Jamaat-e-Islami. He pumped billions into the Jamaat since the mid-1980s to put it on a firm financial footing in Bangladesh.

He was convicted of running Al Badr’s torture cell that carried out killings of several people.