Bangladesh executed a military captain less than a week after he was arrested after almost 25 years fleeing the murder of the country's founding leader, a minister said on Sunday.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was killed in a military coup on August 15, 1975 with most of his family, almost four years after he brought Bangladesh to independence from Pakistan.
In 1998, Abdul Majed was sentenced to death along with a dozen other army officers for the murders.
The Bangladeshi Supreme Court upheld the ruling in 2009 and five of the killers were executed a few months later.
Anti-terrorism police officers arrested Majed on Tuesday when he was driving a rickshaw in the capital early in the morning.
Bangladesh's prison authorities carried out Majed's execution days later after the country's president rejected a petition from the convicted murderer.
"He was hanged to death on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. (1801 GMT)," Justice Minister Anisul Huq told AFP. The execution took place in the country's largest prison just outside the capital Dhaka.
Majed is said to have fled to India in 1996. He returned to Bangladesh last month.
Majed's wife met him one last time in prison on Saturday evening when the prison authorities had planned to execute him.
Security has been tightened in areas outside the prison in Keraniganj city. Dozens of police officers patrolled the prison, Dhaka District Chief of Police Maruf Hossain Sorder, AFP said.
Prime Minister Hasina, whose public celebrations to mark her father's 100th birthday this year were hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, was in Europe with her sister at the time of the 1975 attack.
In a video message this week, the country's interior minister described Majed's arrest as "the best gift of Mujib's centenary year".
The road to justice for the 1975 attack was long, and the murder continues to poison Bangladesh's murky political scene.
Successive military governments after the coup rewarded the killers with diplomatic positions, and some of them were even allowed to form a political party and conduct surveys in the 1980s.
For 21 years, a government compensation law prevented the murderers from being prosecuted. This was only reversed after Hasina came to power in 1996.
Hasina has long accused Ziaur Rahman, President from 1977 until his assassination in 1981, of staging her father's murder.
This is denied by his widow Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister from 1991-1996 and 2001-2006, and Hasina's former ally, who became an archenemy and was convicted of a transplant in 2018.
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