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Bangladesh executes JMB man for killing judges in 2005

world Updated: Oct 17, 2016 17:52 IST
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Asadul Islam Arif

Bangladeshi prison security personnel stand guard in front of Khulna jail on Sunday.(AFP)

Asadul Islam Arif, a leader of the banned Jamatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group, has been executed for killing two judges in 2005.

The execution took place on Sunday night in Khulna district jail in southwestern Bangladesh, police said.

Arif’s body was handed over to his family after the execution, jail superintendent Kamrul Islam said.

Earlier on Sunday, Arif’s family members including his wife, two daughters and six sisters met him inside the jail where he was held since 2008.

Six top leaders of the JMB, including its founder Shaikh Abdur Rahman were executed in 2007 for the murders of the judges, but Arif continued to be incarcerated.

Arif, who was absconding and was later arrested in 2007, filed a petition with the Supreme Court earlier this year, seeking a review of his conviction.

On August 28, the Supreme Court made a final decision for his execution.

The JMB was founded in 1998 by Shaikh Abdur Rahman, a religious teacher educated in Saudi Arabia.

The Bangladeshi government has blamed JMB for many attacks in recent years, including the July 1 terror strike on an upscale restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone in which 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed.