Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

Reuters , Saturday 21 Nov 2015

Bangladeshi secular activists and former fighters who fought in the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan protest as they call for the death penalty to be upheld for opposition leaders for Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, over war crimes in that conflict, outside the Supreme Court in Dhaka on November 18, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw angry reaction from supporters.

Islamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals for clemency.

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