Even on his execution stand, the senior public secretary of Jamayat-e-Islami, the largest Islamic group in the country, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was composed and fearless. The pace at which he advanced toward the stand was normal. According to a source from the holding cell, the only thing he said at this time was, “I am innocent. I’m being executed illegitimately”.
At 10.30 pm on Saturday, this leading Jamayat-e-Islami leader was executed for alleged war crimes committed during the liberation war of ‘71.
The night before, he showered and prayed Isha and nafl prayers. He was seen reading from the Holy Quran upon his prayer mat up until the last moment.
At this time, preparations for his execution were being taken at a place very near to his holding cell. On this very same stand, another leading Jamayat-e-Islami leader Kader Molla was executed.
At 9.15 pm, a doctor examined him in presence of the civil surgeon. At 9.35 pm, a team of 12 people took position outside of his cell. Next was the confession.
Kamruzzaman said, “I will confess myself”. But the jail superintendent said, “It must be done by an Imam in accordance with the regulations”.
After the confession, he was directed toward the execution stand at 10.20 pm.
He then said, “I am innocent. I’m being executed illegitimately”. After that he continued reading verses from the Quran and duas and started walking toward the stand at an easy pace.
After he was taken to the stand, the jail superintendent dropped his handkerchief at precisely 10.30 pm. After that the execution took place.