Finally Al-Badar commander and war criminal Jamaat E Islami mentor and chief Matiur Rahman Nizami has been hanged to death. He was convicted of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.
Bangladesh central jail authority executed his capital punishment at sharp 12.10 am, Wednesday, May 11, Central Jail authorities’ confirmed Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
On Sunday night, Nizami was brought from Gazipur’s Kashimpur Jail to Dhaka Central Jail, where four war criminals have been hanged since the war crimes trials began. The jail authorities read out the review verdict to Nizami at Monday night.
The Tribunal on Oct 29, 2014 sentenced Nizami to death for atrocities committed as commander of Al-Badr, a vigilante militia that assisted the Pakistan army during the War.
Apex court of Bangladesh on Thursday had upheld the death sentence against Nizami rejecting the review petition. The same court earlier rejected the appeal plea too.
The family members of Nizami reached Dhaka Central Jail around 7.50pm in the evening and came out around 8.30 pm after the last meeting with Nizami. The family members of death row war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami have shown V sign coming out from the Dhaka central Jail Tuesday night.
Earlier Home minister Asaduzza Khan Kaml said ‘ Nizami will not seek mercy of the Presiden to avoid death sentence. Jail authorities are now ready to hang Nizami, wait and see what is going to happen.’
Jail authorities also confirmed on Tuesday, that they have taken all preparation to hang Nizami.
Nizami’s Jamaat party website also says their chief is not seeking mercy.
During the liberation war, 1971 Nizami was the president of Jamaat E Islami students’ wing Islami Chatra Sangho and he was the commander of Al-Badar, an auxiliary force of Pakistani Army. Al-Badar was the perpetrator of Intellectuals killing. He became minister during BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
Before Nizami Jamaat leader Kader Mollah, Kamaruzzaman , Ali Ahsan Nizami and BNP leader Salah Uddin Kader Chowdhury had been hanged after being convicted of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war.
Author: Harun Ur Rashid