Former Army Officer Convicted of Assassinating Founding President of Bangladesh Hanged

  • Abdul Majed, a former army officer of Bangladesh, has been hanged in Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh) on charges of assassinating Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (independence leader of Bangladesh and father of current Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina). Majed’s appeal for presidential clemency was rejected this week. In a military coup in 1975 (just 4-years after Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan), Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was killed. After the military coup, Abdul Majed continued living in Bangladesh and only fled the country when Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter Sheikh Hasina got elected as Prime Minister in 1996. In 1998, her government overturned a law that protected the killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It is only after that Abdul Majed and 12 other army officers of Bangladesh were sentenced to death. Majed was arrested last month after he returned to Bangladesh. 5 killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were also executed soon after the country’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict of death sentence in 2009.