Ex­e­cu­tion height­ens ten­sions

Southasia - - BRIEF­INGS -

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.

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