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5 ex-army officers hanged in B'desh for killing Mujibur Rahman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 28, IRNA -- Five ex-army officers have been hanged to death a little after midnight Wednesday for assassinating Bangladesh’s independence leader and first President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a bloody coup staged on 15th August 1975.

Lt Col (retd) Syed Faruque Rahman, Lt Col (retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Lt Col (retd) Muhiuddin Ahmed, Maj (retd) AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda were hanged 15-minute past midnight, Indian official media website reported quoting Dhaka Central Jail officials.

The ex-army officers killed most members of slain Mujibs family and overthrew his three and a half-year old post-independence elected government 35 years ago.

Newly independent Bangladesh was placed under a military and quasi-military rule for nearly 25 years with the assassination of Sheikh Mujib.

Fool-proof security measures were taken in and around the Dhaka Central jail and all other 66 jails of the country soon after the Supreme Court verdict rejecting the review petitions of five convicts.

The Appellate Division upheld the verdict of the High Court that confirmed the death sentence of the former army officers.

President Zillur Rahman rejected the mercy petition of the convicts tonight.

On 19th November last year, the apex court upheld the High Court confirmation of the death sentence on a total of 12 ex-army officers. Of the rest of the condemned convicts in the case, six have been on the run while one has died in the meantime.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 923787



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