Abdul Quader Mollah, the Bengladeshi opposition leader, has been hanged to death for war crimes committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. He was notoriously called the Butcher of Mirpur for his hand in several killings during the war. The hanging came hours after his petition for a stay on the punishment was rejected by the apex court.
The hanging has sparked off public protests in Bangladesh by exposing the political tensions in Bangladesh between the ruling party and the opposition ahead of the upcoming national elections next month.
Mollah had a key role in forming the Jamaat-e-Islami, an ally of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.