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Bangladesh Islamist politician Kamaruzzaman hanged

April 11, 2015 7:06 pm

An Islamist politician convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan has been hanged at a prison in Dhaka.

Mohammad Kamaruzzaman of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was found guilty of genocide by a domestic war crimes tribunal in May 2013.

Kamaruzzaman, 62, was convicted of crimes including the killing of at least 120 unarmed farmers.

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He had refused to seek clemency from Bangladesh’s president.

Kamaruzzaman was the third most senior figure in Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist opposition party.

He is the second war crimes suspect in Bangladesh to be executed.

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