Islamist extremist executed in B’desh in 2005 blast case
A senior Bangladeshi leader of a banned Islamist extremist group has been executed in for his role in a 2005 blast that killed two judges, including one from the Hindu community.
Asadul Islam alias Arif, a leader of the Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was executed in Khulna jail on Sunday night, after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in August for the blast. “He was hanged to death at 10:30 pm,” an official at Khulna jail said.
Arif and six other top JMB leaders, including its founder Shayakh Abdur Rahman were sentenced to death on May 29, 2006, for killing judges Jagannath Pare and Sohel Ahmed in a 2005 bomb attack on a minibus. Death sentence of the militants except Arif were executed on March 29, 2007.
Arif, who was on the run was later arrested on July 10, 2007. He filed the petition with the Supreme Court this year, seeking review of its judgement. Bangladesh has blamed the JMB for the July 1 attack on an upmarket Dhaka restaurant in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed.