Muhammad Kamaruzzaman

Islamist opposition leader executed for war crimes in Bangladesh

Bangladesh executed Islamist opposition leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on Saturday for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a move that risks an angry reaction from his supporters.

Kamaruzzaman, 63, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka central jail after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal for genocide and torture of civilians during the conflict.

His party last week called for a general strike and protests against the sentence. The border guard Bangladesh paramilitary force has been deployed across the country.