The five condemned prisoners ordered to be hanged by the court for assassinating Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975 might be executed in next 28 days, according to the jail officials.
The court issued the death warrants for the five jailed convicts in the nation’s sensational murder case.
Dhaka district and sessions judge M. Abdul Gafur issued the death warrants in line with the Appellate Division verdict that upheld the High Court’s judgement endorsing the death sentences of 12 former army officers who assassinated Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and all but two of his family on August 15, 1975. One of the surviving daughters of Mujibbur Rahman is Sheikh Hasina, now the Prime Minister.
The death warrants for sacked lieutenant colonel Syed Faruque Rahman, retired lieutenant colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, retired lieutenant colonel Muhiuddin Ahmed, retired lieutenant colonel A.K.M. Mohiuddin Ahmed and retired major Bazlul Huda reached the Dhaka Central Jail on December 3.
After a protracted legal battle, the five judges of the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court on December 17 signed the complete 412-page verdict of the case, clearing the way for starting the process for the execution of the five convicts in jail, while six convicts are still hiding outside the country and one already dead. The five-judge bench on November 19 unanimously pronounced an order, dismissing all five appeals filed by the death row convicts upholding the High Court verdict.
According to the law, the five condemned prisoners might be executed in 28 days, but not before 21 days following the issuance of the death warrants. They, however, have a last resort — to petition the Appellate Division seeking revision of its verdict or to seek presidential clemency.