Source: News Bharati English11 May 2016 09:41:25

Dhaka, May 11: Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami was hanged by Bangladesh authorities for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 Liberation War. Bangladesh Police said that 73-year old Nizami was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail midnight last night. He is the senior most Islamist to be executed in Bangladesh for war crimes during the liberation war against Pakistan.Nizami's final appeal against his death sentence was rejected by the apex court on May 5. A former minister in previous BNP-led Khaleda Zia government, Nizami was in jail since 2010, when he was arrested for war crimes. “He was hung by the neck at Dhaka Central Jail in the first hour of Wednesday”, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told news agency  bdnews24.

The executive order to carry on with his execution was sent to the prison after the Jamaat-e-Islami chief chose not to beg the president to have mercy on him, the minister had said earlier. Nizami orchestrated the murders of intellectuals just before the victory of Bangladesh on Dec 16, 1971.

The 73-year old Jamaat chief’s brutal past caught up with him when he had exhausted all options to get his death penalty overturned, which was handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in 2014. The tribunal in its verdict had observed that giving a ministerial berth to Nizami was a “slap on the faces of millions of martyrs”.

"Motiur Rahman Nizami being educated in Islamic education had consciously and also deliberately misused the name of the Almighty Allah and the holy religion Islam in 1971 during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in order to ruin and root out the Bengali Nation,” it said. “We are of the unanimous view that there would be failure of justice in case ' capital punishment' is not awarded for all the murders forming 'large scale killing',” said the judges in the verdict.

Nizami was given capital punishment in October 2014 by the international crimes tribunal. He was particularly found guilty of systematic killings of over 450 people alone in his own village. With his execution, Nizami becomes the fifth top perpetrator to be hanged for the war crimes against humanity since the trial process began six years ago.