Bangladesh hangs Jamaat chief Nizami

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Motiur Rahman Nizami was hung by the neck at Dhaka Central Jail in the first hour of Wednesday, Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal confirmed.

The executive order to carry on with his execution was sent to the prison after the Jamaat-e-Islami chief chose not to beg the president to have mercy on him, the minister had said earlier.

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.

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