Turkey's Erdogan blasts Europe's silence on Bangladesh leader's execution

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Published: May 16, 2016
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Turkey recalled its ambassador to Bangladesh for consultations after Motiur Rahman Nizami's execution. PHOTO: REUTERS

Turkey recalled its ambassador to Bangladesh for consultations after Motiur Rahman Nizami's execution. PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday lashed out at Europe’s silence over the execution of a veteran Jamaat-e-Islami leader in Bangladesh, accusing the West of “double standards.”

“If you are against political executions, why did you remain silent to the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami who was martyred a couple of days ago,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Have you heard anything from Europe? … No. Isn’t it called double standards?” Erdogan said.

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Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at a Dhaka jail late Tuesday. He was accused of ordering the killing of intellectuals during the 1971 conflict.

The 73-year-old former government minister was the fifth and the most senior opposition figure executed since the secular government in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation set up a controversial war crimes tribunal in 2010.

The 1971 conflict, one of the bloodiest in world history, led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh from what was then East Pakistan.

Prosecutors said Nizami was responsible for setting up the pro-Pakistani Al-Badr militia, which killed top writers, doctors and journalists in the most gruesome chapter of the war.

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The trial heard Nizami ordered the killings, designed to “intellectually cripple” the fledgling nation.

In protest, Turkey on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Bangladesh for consultations.

Since coming to power in 2002, Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sought to boost the country’s power in the Muslim world.

Last year, Erdogan condemned a death sentence handed to Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who was a close ally of Ankara until he was overthrown by the military in 2013.

At the time he condemned the West for turning a blind eye to the “coup” by army chief army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who is now president.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Abbas
    May 16, 2016 - 2:41PM

    Mr. Erdogan do not interfere internal matter of Bangladesh, as you are silent in the matter of Sheikh Nimr of KSA. Recommend

  • May 16, 2016 - 2:42PM

    If it would have happened in Pakistan, then you will see news in all major European newspapers. Recommend

  • M@NI
    May 16, 2016 - 2:50PM

    And our leaders will remain silent because it is in the interest of India. hats off to ErodganRecommend

  • Hameed
    May 16, 2016 - 3:02PM

    ISIS is expanding under his watch and now this. This guys is insane.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    May 16, 2016 - 3:16PM

    WEST be like : “Did someone said something?”Recommend

  • Lalit
    May 16, 2016 - 3:30PM

    @ Shahid Akram Pakistan executed ZAB,who was an ex PM,so better not to take a high moral ground.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 16, 2016 - 3:36PM

    Last year, Erdogan condemned a death sentence handed to Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who was a close ally of Ankara until he was overthrown by the military in 2013.

    Correction,
    Mr Morsi was not a close ally of Mr Erdogan but the people in Tehrir square demanded a democracy similar to the kind in Turkey. Mr Morsi should not have retired the older consrvative militay chief of army and appointed Sissi who turned against Morsi once in power.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • vinsin
    May 16, 2016 - 3:37PM

    You cannot expect anything better from a country responsible for Armenian Genocide.Recommend

  • Gurion
    May 16, 2016 - 3:48PM

    South East Asia has it’s self-important clown in Pakistan and now in Turkey, Europe has it’s own clown!Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 16, 2016 - 5:14PM

    How come Erdogan is silent when Saudi Arabia is executing Shias and Pakistanis?Recommend

  • M.S.
    May 16, 2016 - 6:58PM

    This guy is ISIS’s defacto chief. He has turned Turkey into another Saudi Arabia and on the way to become another Syria very soonRecommend

  • unbelievable
    May 16, 2016 - 11:47PM

    @Rahul:
    Why are people interfering with a head of state’s right to voice his concern over a political execution of an elected member of a “Democracy”Recommend

  • Vlad Singh
    May 17, 2016 - 4:44AM

    Mr Erdogan , what about Turkey’s silence over genocide of Armenians ? Recommend

  • unbelievable
    May 17, 2016 - 9:47PM

    @unbelievable: Find a new name – this one is taken.Recommend

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