Jamaat’s ‘moneyman’ Quasem hanged for war crimes

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Sep. 3 : Mir Quasem Ali, the infamous Al-Badr leader of Chittagong and the "moneyman" of Jamaat-e-Islami was on Saturday hanged for crimes committed against humanity during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

Senior jail superintendent of Kashimpur Central Jail, Proshanto Kumar Banik said the 63-year-old Jamaat-e-Islami leader was hanged from the noose at 10:30 p.m.

on Saturday, reports the Daily Star. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan also confirmed the execution. This is the first time a war criminal has been executed at the Kashimpur jail and outside Dhaka. Quasem will be buried in his ancestral home in Manikganj's Chala village. He was the sixth war criminal hanged after 45 years of independence. Earlier, five top war criminals were hanged for wartime atrocities. They included four leaders of the Jamaat, the party that opposed Bangladesh's liberation in 1971, and a BNP leader.

The executive order for Quasaem's execution reached prison authorities around 4:45 p.m. Meanwhile, his family Quasem was also told to meet him for the last time. Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin and Gazipur Deputy Commissioner SM Alam witnessed the hanging.

District's Civil Surgeon Ali Haider Khan checked the pulse to confirm death..

Source: ANI