Bangladesh Government executes ex-Army officer Abdul Majed for assassinating

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He was arrested on Tuesday after spending 25 years on the run for the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh has executed a former military captain for his involvement in the 1975 coup in which the country’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, nearly four-and-a-half decades after the massacre.

Abdul Majed was hanged at 12.01 AM (local time), Law Minister Anisul Huq told media.

An official of the Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital said that a doctor declared Majed dead at 12.15 AM.

On Friday, Majed’s wife and four other relatives met him for nearly two hours in the prison.

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.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the “self-confessed killer” was not only involved in Bangabandhu’s assassination but also took part in the subsequent killing of four national leaders in high-security Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.

After the 1975 carnage, Majed was rehabilitated in civil service during the subsequent regime of former military-dictator-turned-politician Ziaur Rahman as an ex-cadre official and posted as the director of National Savings Department.

He later fled the country while serving in the finance ministry along with other 1975 coup plotters as the 1996 general elections brought Awami League back to power which vowed to expose to justice Bangabandhu killers in line with its election manifesto.