Mir Quasem Ali, 63, was a key financier of the Jamaat-e-Islami party. The business tycoon gave billions to the organization which kept it on a firm financial footing in Bangladesh. Ali was arrested in June 2013 and the trial began in September 2014. In November, the tribunal sentenced him to the death penalty; however, he appealed the verdict. By March 2016, the verdict was upheld.
He was hanged for his involvement in murder, confinement, torture and incitement to religious hatred during the war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. The war crime tribunal was set up by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010. Opponents of the tribunal say it allows targeting of political foes. Source: Reuters: Bangladesh hangs Islamist party figure for 1971 war crimes