Themorningbellbd.com desk, May 12: Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador to Bangladesh, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, following the execution of an Islamist party leader this week for genocide and other crimes committed during a 1971 war of independence.
Bangladesh on Wednesday hanged Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of intellectuals during the war.
International human rights groups say the procedures of the Bangladeshi tribunal that sentenced Nizami fell short of international standards. The government rejects that, and the trials have been supported by many Bangladeshis. In Turkey, there have been a handful of protests against the execution in recent days.
Earlier on May 11, Turkish foreign ministry issued a statement expressing its sorrow over the execution of Jamaat leader Motiur Rahman Nizami.
“We have learned with sorrow that Motiur Rahman Nizami, who was one of the Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Party and served as Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Industry of Bangladesh was executed at midnight by the decision of the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh. We strongly condemn the execution, since we do not believe that Nizami deserved such a punishment and wish God’s mercy upon the deceased,” the statement read.
According to the statement, “For the protection of social harmony and peace in Bangladesh, we have in the last three years repeatedly called upon the leaders of Bangladesh at the highest level to suspend the execution of death sentences and conveyed our concerns that the practice of capital punishment may cause new tensions in the society due to its unjust nature.”
“As a country having abolished the capital punishment, Turkey believes that the injuries of the past cannot be healed through such methods and on the contrary, they will incite hatred and enmity among our Bangladeshi brothers,” it further said.
“As always, Turkey will continue to stand by the brotherly people of Bangladesh and hopes that its social peace is preserved,” the statement read.