Dhaka – One of the self-declared killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was hanged Sunday, more than 21 years after he was handed with death penalty for the assassination of the country’s independence architect, officials said.
The execution of Abdul Majed, 69, a retired army captain, was carried out at the central jail in the Keraniganj outskirt of Dhaka a minute after the midnight, head of the prison authorities Brigadier General AKM Mustafa Kamal told reporters.
Majed was hanged by the death for nearly 15 minutes, another prison official said. He was also involved in the November 3 killing of four national leaders inside Dhaka jail.
Earlier on Thursday, President Abdul Hamid rejected a petitions seeking mercy as the convict filed it two days after his arrest in Dhaka’s Mirpur neighbourhood.
Majed was captured on Tuesday more than 21 years after he and 14 other former army men were handed with firing squad deaths by the trial court in 1998 for the killing.
The Supreme Court upheld the sentence for 12 former army officers acquitting three others. Majed had been hiding in neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal for at least 21 years.
A disgruntle group of army officers assassinated Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family on August 15, 1975. The trial of the killers was never initiated until Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, assumed office in 1996.
Five other convicts were hanged in line with the 1998 court verdict in 2010 after Hasina returned to power for the second time.
The government has been trying repatriation of five other killers hiding in different countries, including Canada and the United States of America.