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Bangladesh hangs war crimes convict

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 00:48

An Islamist opposition leader convicted of war crimes in Bangladesh is executed following a court's rejection of his final appeal. Paul Chapman reports.

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Security was tight around the jail in Dhaka where Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed. He was hanged on Saturday, days after a court rejected his final appeal. He'd refused to beg the president for a pardon. Kamaruzzaman was convicted of genocide and torture of civilians during the 1971 war that saw Bangladesh break away from Pakistan. His party, Jamaat-e-Islami, issued a statement accusing the Bangladesh government of taking political revenge. It's declared Sunday a day of prayer and called a general strike for Monday. Paramilitary troops have been deployed across the country to stem any sign of protest.

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Bangladesh hangs war crimes convict

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 00:48