Amnesty calls execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader 'disgrace'

Amnesty has warned that the execution "could trigger more violence" in Bangladesh.

Amnesty calls execution of Bangladeshi Islamist leader 'disgrace'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amnesty International has warned that the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, the assistant secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami party "could trigger more violence" in Bangladesh.

Amnesty International called Thursday's hanging of Mollah, a "disgrace" and said that "Bangladeshi authorities must now ensure that people are protected against reprisal attacks."

Following the execution, Amnesty International’s Bangladesh Researcher Abbas Faiz expressed in a statement that Mollah's execution should never have happened and that the "death penalty is a human rights violation".

Touching onto the ongoing tensions in the country, Faiz stressed that "The country is on a razor's edge at the moment with pre-election tensions running high and almost non-stop street protests. Mollah's execution could trigger more violence, with the Hindu community bearing the brunt."

A key figure in the Islamist opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, Mollah was executed at the at Dhaka Central Jail on Thursday evening.

Mollah was convicted by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of atrocities he allegedly committed during the 1971 independence war from Pakistan.

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