Authorities in Bangladesh have executed a killer of the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, nearly 45 years after the assassination.
Abdul Majed, a former military captain, was hanged at the central jail at Keraniganj near the capital, Dhaka, a minute after midnight of Saturday, said Inspector General of Prisons Brigade General AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha.
Majed was arrested in Dhaka on Tuesday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, adding that the arrest was “the biggest gift” for Bangladesh this year.
Majed publicly announced his involvement in the assassination and was reportedly hiding in India for many years.
The execution took place after President M Abdul Hamid rejected a clemency plea filed by Majed, seeking mercy. His wife and other family members visited him for the last time on Saturday.
Majed is one of a dozen defendants whose death sentences were upheld by the country’s Supreme Court in 2009.
In 1998, a trial court sentenced them to death for their involvement in the August 15, 1975, killing of Rahman and most of his family members by a group of army officials.