New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali was hanged on Saturday night for crimes against humanity during Liberation War in 1971.

Ali was hanged at Gazipur’s Kashimpur jail at 10.30 PM.

“He was hanged at 10.35 PM (local time),” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told media.

The prison officials said that Ali was escorted out of his cell, bathed and given a chance to repent in presence of a Muslim cleric.

The execution was ordered after Quasem chose not to seek presidential pardon after losing the final legal battle.

The 64-year-old is the sixth from his party to walk the gallows for crime against humanity. Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami was executed four months ago.

As per the reports, 22 members of Ali’s family reached the jail to see him for the last time.

“Twenty-two members of his family reached the jail to see him (Ali) for the last time,” private TV channels reported.

In a Facebook post, Quasem’s daughter Sumaiya Rabeya said her father was a soft-hearted person who would cry every time he made a speech.

Ali was a central executive council member of Jamaat-e-Islami.

He was sentenced to death in 2014 by the country’s specially constituted International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), for the atrocities he committed during the 1971 Liberation War as an Al-Badr commander.
His last review petition was rejected by the Appellate Division of the apex court on Tuesday.

(With IANS inputs)