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Former army officer hanged for assassination of Bangladesh’s founding president

Abdul Majed, a former Bangladeshi army officer, was hanged in the country’s capital, Dhaka, for the assassination of the country’s founding President, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Majed was executed after spending 25 years as a fugitive and having his appeal for presidential clemency. Rahman was killed in 1975, along with much of his family. He was captured after returning to Bangladesh last month.

When Mrs Sheikh Hasina, daughter of the founding president and current Prime Minister, was elected to office in 1996, Majed was believed to have fled into India. In 1998 after overturning legislation which protected her father’s killers, the government ordered the death of Majed alongside a dozen other army officers. 

In 2009, Bangladesh’s supreme court upheld its 2009 verdict and five of the killers who were executed shortly after. 

Read more from the BBC.