War criminal Mir Quasem Ali hanged

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Correspondent: Condemned war criminal Mir Quasem Ali has been executed for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

Jamaat-e-Islami  Leader Mir Quasem was hanged at 10:30pm on Saturday, confirmed Prashanta Kumar Banik, senior superintendent of Kashimpur jail.

With this execution, a total of six war criminals walked gallows for their offences against humanity in the 1971 War with Pakistan.

Earlier, his family members paid him a final visit at the evening.

On Friday, Mir Quasem pushed aside the prospect of presidential clemency, the last straw to avoid the gallows. Later, government started processing to execute him.

On Tuesday, the SC dismissed Quasem`s petition seeking a review of the judgment that upheld his death penalty for crimes against humanity in 1971.

The apex court released the full verdict and sent it to the International Crimes Tribunal.

The ICT then sent copies of the verdict to Dhaka Central Jail, the office of Dhaka district magistrate, and law and home ministries. The Dhaka jail sent a copy to the Kashimpur jail.

In November 2014, the ICT-2 sentenced Quasem to death on two charges and awarded him different jail terms on eight other charges.

According to the case documents, he had set up a torture camp at Dalim Hotel in the port city during the Liberation War. On his instructions, many freedom-loving people were tortured and killed at the camp.

Quasem challenged the verdict at the apex court.

On March 8 this year, the SC upheld his death sentence on one charge — the killing of young freedom fighter Jasim Uddin at Dalim Hotel — and jail terms for his involvement in the abduction, confinement and torture of freedom fighters and innocent people.

It, however, acquitted him of three other charges, including a murder charge for which he was sentenced to death by the ICT-2.

Quasem filed the review petition on June 19.

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