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Bangladesh opposition leaders executed over war crimes

Published 21/11/2015

Bangladeshi pro-government activists shout slogans against a nationwide strike called by Jamaat-e-Islami in Dhaka, after death sentences given to two influential opposition leaders were upheld (AP)
Bangladeshi pro-government activists shout slogans against a nationwide strike called by Jamaat-e-Islami in Dhaka, after death sentences given to two influential opposition leaders were upheld (AP)

Two influential opposition leaders have been executed in Bangladesh for committing war crimes during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were executed at Dhaka Central Jail in the nation's capital, senior jail superintendent Mohammad Jahangir Kabir said.

He added: "They have been hanged together, at the same time."

Security has been strengthened near the jail and elsewhere in anticipation of protests by supporters of the two men.

They were convicted by a special tribunal in 2013 of genocide, rape and torture, committed during the 1971 war.

US politicians and human rights groups have claimed the tribunal proceedings were flawed.

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