Turkey Recalled Ambassador to Bangladesh

Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Bangladesh to report to Ankara for consultations in the aftermath of the hanging of a senior Jamaat-e-Islami party leader in Dhaka, an unnamed diplomatic source said May 12. According to the diplomatic source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media, Turkish Ambassador Devrim Öztürk is expected to arrive in Ankara on May 12.

On May 11, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a written statement strongly condemning the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also condemned the execution of Nizami, while demonstrators in Ankara and Istanbul protested against Nizami’s execution.

“I condemn the mentality that sentences to death a mujahid, who is over the age of 70 and who we believe has no earthly sin. I think that such proliferation of hatred there, and the ordering of such death sentences despite our repeated initiatives, is neither fair governance nor a democratic mentality,” said Erdoğan May 10.
Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the 73-year-old Nizami was hanged at 12:10 a.m. local time on May 11 inside Dhaka central jail amid tight security. He was executed for his role in atrocities committed during the country’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

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