Bangladesh on September 3, executed Mir Quasem Ali, also known as a key financier of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party. He was found guilty in a trial by the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, which Amnesty International says was flawed. He was arrested in 2010 and was convicted of war crimes in the independence war of 1971 in 2014. He was hanged in a high–security prison outside Dhaka.
As per the ICT, Ali was arrested on charges for involvement in a “reign of terror” in the city of Chittagong. Found guilty in eight of the 14 charges he faced, he is also convicted of abduction and killing of a teenager, who in 1971 supported the creation of a state independent from Pakistan. One of his daughters told the AFP news agency, Tahera Tasnim said he was innocent and his execution was unjustified. On this unjust trial and execution, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director, Champa Patel said, The execution of Mir Quasem Ali, following a trial whose fairness was questioned by the UN, will not deliver justice that the people of Bangladesh deserve for crimes committed during the War of Independence. The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment that most of the world’s countries have now rid themselves of.”
The ICT in Bangladesh has so far converted 24 people to death sentences. It is not known if all of those trials were transparent and conducted by an unbiased and independent jury or judges.