Execution heightens tensions
Riots broke out after the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah, who had been convicted by a government-constituted war crimes tribunal of killing a student, a family of 11 and helping Pakistani troops kill 369 others during the independence war. He was initially sentenced to life in prison, but the Supreme Court changed the sentence to death in September 2013.
Mollah's execution has heightened tensions in the impoverished, politically polarized South Asian country that has seen a rise in violence. While government supporters celebrated the execution in the streets of Dhaka, protest demonstrations by those who opposed the decision also gathered force. Since the execution, over 40 people have been killed in street violence and clashes with authorities.