Islamist party’s top financier hanged
Siang said Mr Najib must immediately submit to justice to avoid further harming Malaysia’s image.
“The Prime Minister .... [must] purge and cleanse Malaysia’s reputation as a global kleptocracy,” he said in a statement.
Analysts warn the scandal could harm foreign investment in Malaysia, but Mr Najib has refused to give way and insists that he is innocent.
Political experts see no sign yet that he will be ousted before the next elections, due by mid-2018, due to his long-ruling coalition’s firm control over the country. – BANGLADESH has executed a tycoon and top financier for the largest Islamist party for war crimes, dealing a major blow to its ambitions in the troubled Muslimmajority country.
Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, was hanged late on September 3 after being convicted by a war crimes tribunal of murder and abduction during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan.
He was hanged at a high-security jail in Gazipur north of the capital. His body was taken to his ancestral village in the central district of Manikganj, flanked by police, for burial yesterday.
Mr Ali is the fifth prominent Jamaat leader to have been executed for war crimes following their trials at the tribunal set up by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s secular government in 2010.
The 63-year-old’s death is a major setback for the party which he had helped revive by setting up charities, businesses and trusts linked to it after it was allowed to operate in the late 1970s.
Security was tight before his execution, even though the party has in recent months eschewed violent protests in reaction to war crimes verdicts and there was no immediate sign of unrest.
The tribunal has divided the country, with supporters of Jamaat and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) branding the trials a sham aimed at eliminating their leaders.
The hanging comes as the country reels from a rise in militant attacks including a siege at an upscale cafe in Dhaka in July that killed 22 people mostly foreigners.
Jamaat, which is banned from contesting elections, called a nationwide strike for today, saying Mr Ali was “murdered” for playing a “key role in the Islamic movement” in Bangladesh.
Prosecutors said Mr Ali was a key commander of a notorious proPakistan militia in the southern port city of Chittagong during the war, and later became a shipping, banking and real estate tycoon.
Before he was arrested in 2012, Mr Ali headed a corporation which owns a pro-Jamaat daily and a television station that was shut down in 2013 for fuelling religious tensions.
He was convicted in November 2014 of a series of war crimes including the abduction and murder of a young independence fighter.
Ms Hasina’s government has defended the trials, saying they are needed to heal the wounds of the conflict. –
Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard at the entrance of Kashimpur Central Jail as relatives of jailed Bangladeshi leader of Jamaat-e-Islam Mir Quasem Ali (not pictured) arrive to visit him before his execution at Kashimpur Central Jail, Gazipur, Bangladesh, on September 3.
Najib Abdul Razak remains in control despite the allegations.