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    Two Bangladeshi Opposition Leaders Executed for 1971 War Crimes

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    Two senior Bangladeshi opposition leaders were executed Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war with Pakistan after their pleas for clemency were rejected, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Security has been ratcheted up across Bangladesh to deal with a possible backlash from the supporters of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid following their execution, BDNews24 news outlet reported, citing police chief, Shahidul Hoque.

    Mujahid, 67, and Chowdhury, 66, were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals for clemency late on Saturday, the media reported.

    Mujahid was sentenced to death in 2013. He was found guilty on five charges, including the killing of Hindus while he commanded Al Badr, an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army, during the so-called Liberation War.

    Chowdhury was also handed the death penalty in 2003, charged for the killing of Hindus and Awami League’s, currently the governing party’s, supporters in 1971.

    East Pakistan broke away to become independent Bangladesh after a war between India and Pakistan, which killed about three million people.


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