Bangladesh war of independence against Pakistan happened in 1971 and even if more than 40 years have passed since that historic event, the fact are still being discussed and courts still have verdicts to give on numerous matters.
One of the most important Islamic leaders who played a decisive role in the war of the year 1971 has been hunged by the Bangladesh authorities, after being charged with accusations of war crimes. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was executed by the authorities at 10:30 pm, by the time of Bangladesh. The event was announced by Anisul Huq, the minister responsible for justice and law in Bangladesh.
Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was taken to an improvised gallows, close to the cell in which he awaited for his execution. He was hung using a rope, in agreement to the Bangladeshi law. A magistrate and a doctor representing the government declared him dead.
Kamaruzzaman was one of the most well known figures in the Jamaat-e-Islami party. During the events of the war of independence between Bangladesh and Pakistan, he was one of the people who led a militia fighting for the interests of Pakistan. Kamaruzzaman was responsible for torturing people, kidnapping and mass murder, according to the official reports released by the Bangladeshi courts of justice, after years of investigation.
More than an hour after the execution, an ambulance left the prison where Kamaruzzaman was incarcerated. It was carrying the war criminal`s dead body and it was headed to the village where Kamaruzzaman originated from, located in the northern part of Bangladesh, according to a comment made by Farman Ali, a jailor.
Jamaat, the party in which Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was a key figure, has also released an official comment on the execution of whom is considered to have been a war criminal. Jamaat officials have stated that the execution of Kamaruzzaman was a premeditated act of murder, adding the other characteristics of one of their leaders. Muhammad Kmaaruzzaman was a writer, an Islamic scholar and a journalist.
On the other hand, many of the Bangladeshi people could not have been more satisfied when the news of the execution arrived at their ears. Victory signs were made by the people who gathered in masses in the central parts of the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka, to celebrate the fact that Kamaruzzaman, the `war butcher`, had finally paid for the horrible acts that he was responsible for.
Muhammad Kamaruzzaman has been hung at the age of 62. He is the second Islamic figure that was convicted for war barbarity in the context of the 1971 Bangladeshi war of independence. In the last month of 2013, Abdul Quader Mollah was also executed by hanging, due to the atrocities that he caused in the war. Abdul Quader Mollah was among the most important leaders of the Jamaat party, being ranked the fourth in the hierarchy.
The execution of Muhammad Kamaruzzaman certainly represented a very emotionally difficult moment for the Bangladeshi people. This is the reason why the police decided to increase the number of agents and to strengthen the security in the area of the jail where Kamaruzzaman was executed and not only, all over the country, since the event had a national relevance.
“We are alert to prevent any violence or subversive acts,”
Jahangir Alam Sarker, a spokesman talking on behalf of the Bangladeshi Police said in a statement.
The execution of Kamaruzaman attracted the interest of people all across the globe, but so did the manner in which the Bangladeshi authorities tried to put the `war butcher` to justice. Bangladesh hanged Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, regardless of the interventions made by the United Nations and the European Union. Both of the international entities wanted to prevent the execution of Kamaruzzaman. The United Nations affirmed that the trial which determined the hanging of the `war criminal` did not meet the international standards of a fair justice procedure.
Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was visited by his family at the jail, several hours before he was executed.
“We found him in good health and not worried about his fate at all. In his last comments, he regretted he did not see the victory of Islamic movement in Bangladesh. But he was confident it would be victorious here one day,”
stated Hasan Iqbal, the eldest son of Muhammad Kamaruzzaman after the final visit to his father`s cell ended.
Kamaruzzaman will be buried in his home village, in the northern region of Sherpur, on Sunday.
On Monday, the Bangladeshi supreme court of justice declined the appeal on the initial death sentence, which was given by a court with a controversial reputation. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was given a period of several days to try and seek clemency from the president of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid, who had the right to spare his life. However, neither Kamaruzzaman nor his son tried anything to avoid the death of the `war butcher`.
“My father said only Allah can give or take life, not a president,”
said Hasan Iqbal.
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