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Mir Quasem buried in Manikganj

04 Sep 2016, 08:11

Ahmed Sabbir Sohel

Manikganj: The executed Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali was buried amid tight security at his village home at Harirampur upazila in Manikganj in the early hours of Sunday.

Mir Quasem was buried beside a mosque at the village of Chala at about 3:15am.

Earlier, escorted by law enforcers, a hearse carrying the body of executed war criminal started for his village home at about 12:30am.

Mir Quasem Ali was executed on Saturday night for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

The Al-Badr leader in the port city of Chittagong in 1971 was hanged at about 10:30pm at the Kashimpur central jail in Gazipur.

The Home Ministry ordered the jail authorities to execute the war criminal as he did not seek mercy of the president.

Earlier on the day, around forty-five members entered the jail premises at about 3:30pm. Thirty-eight of them were allowed to meet Quasem and they came out of the jail at about 6:40pm.

The Appellate Division on Tuesday rejected the review petition filed against the death penalty for Quasem for the crimes he committed against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

On 19 June 2016, Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, son of Mir Quasem, filed the 68-page review petition with the Appellate Division against the death penalty.

International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) issued death warrant for Mir Quasem hours after the apex court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty on 6 June.

On 8 March 2016, the Appellate Division upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali for his war crimes.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mir Quasem Ali, Al-Badr leader in the port city of Chittagong in 1971, to death on 2 November 2014.

On 30 November 2014, he filed an appeal with the Appellate Division challenging the death penalty.

Top Jamaat-e-Islami financier Quasem, now 64, was president of the Chittagong town unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of Jamaat, till 6 November 1971.

He was then made general secretary of the East Pakistan Chhatra Sangha.