Fears Of Mass Violence In Bangladesh Following Opposition Leader's Execution

by
Patrick Creaven
Experts worry the execution of Abdul Quader Molla has the potential to destabilize the country and lead to mass violence.

Bangladesh, Execution, Hanging

People celebrate after hearing the news of Bangladesh Jamaat-E-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah's execution in Dhaka. CREDIT: Reuters

Bangladesh is on the brink of crisis, following the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, who was an Islamist leader convicted of war crimes during the country's 1971 war of independence.

After the execution by hanging Thursday night, Molla's Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, called a nationwide general strike for Sunday, the Washington Post reports. The party had warned of "dire consequences" if Molla was executed.

The execution has divided the country, with many seeing his execution as justice for atrocities during Bangladesh's fight for independence. While some citizens were in the streets of Dhaka protesting the execution, others were in the streets celebrating Molla's death.

Molla was originally sentenced to life in prison, but his sentence was changed by the nation's Supreme Court to the death penalty in September.

The United Nations objected to the death sentence, questioning the fairness of Molla's trial.

Watch the video below to learn more about the political crisis in Bangladesh.

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