Bangladesh has been wracked by a series of brutal attacks on secular writers and religious minorities. But only the death of a prominent Bangladeshi Islamist prompted the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to issue a statement of condemnation.

Wednesday's hanging execution of Islamist leader Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami was "another shameful act of judicial killing which is part of the ongoing brutal persecution of political opponents by Sheikh Hasina's government," ICNA's statement said.

Nizami was a top leader of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party and a former president of its student affiliate, Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Pakistan. He was also a permanent member of the Muslim World League, a Saudi-funded organization created in 1962 for the global propagation of Wahhabi Islam.

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