A former military captain accused of involvement in the 1975 Bangladesh coup and assassination of its ounder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was executed in Dhaka in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
The execution of Abdul Majed comes nearly four-and-a-half decades after the massacre in which the father and other family members of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina ,were killed on August 15, 1975.
He was sentenced to death in absentia along with a dozen other army officers over the assassinations in 1988. The Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the verdict in 2009 and five of the killers were executed several months later.
An elite unit of Dhaka police from the counter-terrorism unit arrested Majed from Dhaka on Tuesday. Majed is believed to have fled to India in 1996 and had returned to Bangladesh only last month.
The massacre occurred four years after Rahman got Bangladesh to free itself from Pakistan. He was hanged at 12.01 AM as per the country’s Law Minister, Mr. Anisul Huq. A doctor declared Majed dead at 12.15 am, said an official of the Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj on the outskirts of Dhaka.
Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General AKM Mostafa Kamal Pasha at a media briefing in front of the jail said that the body would now be handed over to the family members for burial. 'Concerned officials who were required to witness the execution under law were present,' he added.
The Bangladesh Home Minister, Mr. Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, said the 'self-confessed killer' was not only involved in Rahman's murder but also took part in the subsequent assassinations of four national leaders in high-security Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.