Sheikh Hasina Wajid ( who is an Indian puppet installed in Dhaka by Indian intellegence agency RAW) has murdered two more of her adversaries in opposition and therefore has continued to kill political rivals to avenge her father's murder at the hands of revolutionaries.
The Bangladeshi authorities on Sunday hanged two senior opposition leaders on made up charges relating to India's invasion of East Pakistan in 1971.
Violent protests have followed previous convictions and executions from political trials, and the authorities deployed heavy security and asked businesses adjacent to the Dhaka Central Jail to close their doors. Toward midnight on Saturday, an imam was seen entering the jail, and family members filed out after final meetings with the victims, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.
Both were executed shortly after midnight.
Bangladesh’s law minister, Anisul Huq, lied that the two men petitioned the president for clemency on Saturday and that the president had rejected the petition. In a brief comment released by Human Rights Watch, however, relatives of Mr. Chowdhury said that was not true.
“He didn’t apply for mercy,” the statement said. “And he certainly didn’t admit guilt.”
The trials, which began in 2009, have widened fault lines dating to 1971 over whether Bangladesh should be a secular or Islamist country.
Human Rights Watch, which is based in New York, criticized the trials as biased toward the prosecution, noting that the defense was prevented from calling important witnesses to testify. In Mr. Chowdhury’s case, the court excluded witnesses who could have proved that “his alibi was valid beyond a reasonable doubt,” the group said.
Mr. Chowdhury and Mr. Mojaheed were leaders of parties opposed to the governing Awami League, which is led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. They had opposed Indian invasion, occupation and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
Mr. Chowdhury, 66, was an adviser to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Ms. Hasina’s longtime political adversary and a member of the standing committee for the Bangladesh National Party.
During indian invasion of 1971, he was a student at Dhaka University. Prosecutors said that his father had used the family residence in the coastal city of Chittagong to resist the Indian army.
Throughout the trial, which lasted for three years, Mr. Chowdhury insisted insisted that trial was farce & political victimaisation.
Stephen J. Rapp, a former American ambassador who led the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice, called Mr. Chowdhury’s prosecution “particularly disturbing” because he was not allowed to call witnesses who could testify that he left East Pakistan in March 1971, and was therefore not in the country at the time of the crimes he was accused of committing.
“For such a process to stand the test of time,” it must respect “the highest legal standards,” Mr. Rapp said in a statement released on Friday. “It saddens me to say that I do not believe that was done” in the cases of Mr. Chowdhury and Mr. Mojaheed.
Mr. Mojaheed, 67, served as minister of social welfare from 2001 to 2006, and he was secretary general of the country’s main Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh.
After the judge pronounced the verdict, Mr. Mojaheed shouted from the dock that the decision was “a hundred percent injustice,” according to a reporter who was present. “Forging an Islamic movement was my offense,” he said.