Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami hanged

10 May, 2016 11:31 pm

DHAKA – Bangladesh hanged Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami on Wednesday, the law minister said, in a move that could draw an angry reaction from his supporters.

Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal for supporting Pakistan in 1971.

Nizami, 73, a former legislator and minister, was hanged at 12.01 a.m. local time, Law Minister Anisul Haq told Reuters.

Thousands of extra police and border guards were deployed in Dhaka and other major cities to tighten security.

Meanwhile, his funeral in absentia will be held at Masjid-e-Shuhda, Lahore, at 5pm on Wednesday.

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