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Nizami's death penalty executed
Observer Online Desk
Published :Wednesday, 11 May, 2016,  Time : 12:18 AM  View Count : 126
Motiur Rahman Nizami has paid with his life for the carnage he unleashed on Bengalis as the commander of Al-Badr militia to stop a secular Bangladesh being carved out of Islamic Pakistan in 1971.

He was hung by the neck at Dhaka Central Jail in the first hour of Wednesday.

The executive order to carry on with his execution was sent to the prison after the Jamaat-e-Islami chief had chosen not beg the president to have mercy on him, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told bdnews24.com on Tuesday night.

Police have cordoned off the area outside the prison gate at Old Dhaka’s Nazimuddin Road as journalists and crowds gathered to witness the fate of the fifth war criminal to be put to death for horrific atrocities in 1971.

Security had been heightened around the prison premises since Tuesday afternoon with additional police, RAB along with plainclothesmen roaming the area.

The 73-year old Jamaat chief’s brutal past caught up with him when he had exhausted all options to get his death penalty overturned, which was handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in 2014.

The legal battle that he waged even since his arrest on Jun 29, 2010, has been long.

He sought a review after the Supreme Court upheld the maximum sentence on Jan 6 this year but the petition was dismissed last week for having ‘no merit’.

“Motiur Rahman Nizami not only co-operated with the Pakistani invading force in committing various crimes against humanity but also masterminded the formation of Al-Badr Bahini and was a leader of this Al-Badr Bahini,” read his appeal verdict.

He was entitled to beg pardon from the president by admitting his guilt, but the home minister at 8:10pm on Tuesday said, “Nizami did not seek mercy. The executive order to carry out the death sentence has been sent to the prison authorities.”

On Monday, the full copy of the review verdict was released and sent to the ICT. TV cameras panned on the tribunal officials as they took documents wrapped in red cloth to Dhaka Central Jail.

As head of Jamaat, Nizami has followed to the gallows partners in crime Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdur Quader Molla – all top leaders of his party.

After Mujahid, he is the second war criminal to be hanged for orchestrating the abduction and killings of Bengali intellectuals for siding with the freedom struggle.

Both had headed the Al-Badr which during the war had dubbed itself the ‘Angel of Death’ for those fighting to be liberated from a repressive Pakistan.

The other charges describe him assisting Pakistani soldiers in mass killing, murders, rapes, abduction and torture in Pabna's Santhia.

He was handed life imprisonment for ordering the murders of young freedom fighters including Shafi Imam Rumi who was being held at Nakhalparha’s MP Hostel on Aug 8, 1971.

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