Agence France-PresseDecember 12, 2013 17:03
Bangladesh on Thursday hanged an Islamist leader known as the "Butcher of Mirpur", making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the bloody 1971 war of independence.
Deputy law minister Quamrul Islam announced the execution, saying Abdul Quader Molla, 65, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged by the neck at 10.01 pm (1601 GMT) in a jail in the capital Dhaka.
"It's an historic moment. Finally after four decades, the victims of the genocides of 1971 liberation war have got some justice," Islam told AFP.