DHAKA: Bangladesh on Thursday executed the Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Kader Mullah, who was convicted of atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.
The execution of Abdul Kader Mullah took place at Dhaka Central Jail at 22:01 local time (16:01 GMT) on Thursday evening, officials announced.
He is the first person convicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to be executed.
Four other leading figures in Jamaat-e-Islami have also been convicted by the ICT and face the death penalty.
His family were allowed a final meeting with the 65-year-old and found him “calm”.
“He told us that he is proud to be a martyr for the cause of the Islamic movement in the country,” his son, Hasan Jamil, told the AFP after the meeting.
Jamaat-e-Islami – which has warned it will avenge his death – called for a general strike on Sunday.
Human rights groups have also expressed concern that the special court falls short of international standards.
UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay had written to the Bangladeshi authorities urging them to stay the execution of Abdul Kader Mullah, saying the trial had not met the international standards required for the death penalty.