Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, politician, Died at 66

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Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury was born on March 13, 1949, and died on November 22, 2015.

He was a Bangladeshi politician, convicted war criminal, and seven-term member of parliament and a member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Standing Committee, who served as the adviser of parliamentary affairs to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in 2001–06.

On 1 October 2013, Salahuddin was convicted and sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh for crimes against humanity, including torture, murder and genocide during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

The High Court rejected his review petition on 18 November 2015.

According to the jail officials, Salahuddin submitted a mercy petition to the President of Bangladesh, which was rejected.

Salahuddin was hanged to death on 22 November 2015.

He was born on 13 March 1949 in Gahira Village.

Salahuddin was from a political family of Raozan upazila, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

His father, Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, was the president of the Convention Muslim League and served as the Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly and Acting President of Pakistan from time to time before the independence of Bangladesh.

Salahuddin actively opposed the creation of independent Bangladesh.

Throughout his political career, He has become the centre of controversy several times with remarks that Tanim Ahmed and Biswadip Das, writing at bdnews24.com, characterise as “sometimes in good taste, sometimes not”.

Salahuddin was a member of the standing committee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party until his death.

He was initially held at a hidden location termed Safe House in Dhanmondi and questioned by the special branch police, and the trial for his involvements in the 1971 Bangladesh genocide were due to begin in August 2011.

Salahuddin passed away at age 66 in November 2015.

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