DHAKA: Two senior Bangladeshi opposition leaders were executed early Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war with Pakistan after their last-ditch pleas for clemency were rejected, a minister said. “Both of them have been hanged. The execution took place at 00:45am [Bangladesh time],” Justice Minister Anisul Huq told AFP after Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury lost their final bid to escape the gallows. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said President Abdul Hamid turned down the pleas just hours after the two leaders sought the pardon.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2015.