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Bangladesh has executed the Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, who was convicted of atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.
BBC reports that He was the first person convicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to be executed.
The ICT was set up in 2010 to investigate abuses committed during the 1971 conflict.
Mullah was a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.
At his trial earlier this year, he was described by prosecutors as the “Butcher of Mirpur,” a suburb of Dhaka where he is alleged to have carried out his crimes.
These included the massacre of unarmed civilians and the killing of intellectuals who supported independence from Pakistan.
Mullah always denied the charges.
Four other leading figures in Jamaat-e-Islami have also been convicted by the ICT and face the death penalty.
The execution of Abdul Kader Mullah took place at Dhaka Central Jail at 22:01 local time (16:01 GMT) on Thursday evening, officials announced.
His family were allowed a final meeting with the 65-year-old and found him “calm.”
“He told us that he is proud to be a martyr for the cause of the Islamic movement in the country,” his son, Hasan Jamil, told the AFP after the meeting.
Hundreds of people gathered in central Dhaka to celebrate the news of his death.
But Jamaat-e-Islami – which has warned it will avenge his death – called for a general strike on Sunday.