In the early hours of Thursday, five former army officers convicted of killing Bangladesh’s founder, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, were hanged. 35 years after he was assassinated in an army coup, the Supreme Court made the decision to execute the convicts. The executions were carried out the night after the Supreme Court dismissed the appeals to hold a review of the death sentences.
The execution took place in Dhaka Central Jail as hundreds of police and security forces guarded the area. Roads outside the prison were closed. Hundreds of supporters of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rejoiced as the executions were completed and the dead bodies were carried out. Bangladeshis around the world are satisfied with this verdict though some tend to disagree.
VOA Broadcaster, Masuma Khatun, spoke to two Bangladeshi Americans in the USA – Dr. Zillur Rahman Khan, Rosebush Professor Emeritus at University of Wiscosin and Chairman of International Political Science Association, and Mr. Ziauddin Choudhury, writer and adviser of World Bank, Washington D.C. Both of them agreed with this verdict saying that many political killing in Bangladesh went without punishment but now, these executions will set a good example so that crimes like this will not occur in Bangladesh again.