[WATCH NOW] Mojaheed: Fall of a war criminal
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday upheld death sentence for war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.
The SC passed the verdict by rejecting appeals by the criminal to review his death penalty for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 War of Independence.
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During the nine-month bloody war, he was chief of the infamous Al-Badr Bahini, an auxiliary force of the Pakistan occupation army, responsible for abducting, torturing and killing freedom fighters, intellectuals and pro-liberation people.
This is the first time an ex-minister's death sentence for war crimes has been confirmed by the apex court. Mojaheed is also the first war crimes convict facing gallows for the killing of intellectuals and professionals.
Not only that, he went on to become a minister of the 2001-2006 BNP-led four-party government.
In an outrageous comment in 2007, he said there were no war criminals in Bangladesh.
Three years later, he was arrested in a war crimes case, and after another three years, he was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 for the heinous crime of intellectuals’ killing. Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the tribunal verdict.