ANKARA (Web Desk) – Turkey has withdrawn its Ambassador to Bangladesh following the execution of an opposition leader this week for 1971 war crimes, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

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.

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The government rejects the claims, saying the trials have been supported by many Bangladeshis.


In Turkey, there have been a handful of protests against the execution in recent days.