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Death, no less

19 November, 2015 10:28
Death, no less

Dhaka: Legal process complete as SC rejects petitions of war crimes convicts SQ Chy, Mojaheed to review death penalty


The long legal battles in the war crimes cases against Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury have finally come to an end, drawing the two condemned war criminals closer to the gallows.


The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed their petitions for reviewing its verdict that upheld their death penalty given by two special tribunals in 2013. Now the two former ministers are left with the last option of seeking presidential clemency by confessing to the crimes they committed during the 1971 Liberation War.


The SC orders paved the way for the government to execute Mojaheed, general secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and Salauddin, a member of the BNP Standing Committee. "Now, there is no legal bar to the execution of Mojaheed and Salauddin," Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said at his office following the SC orders.


Asked whether the jail authorities would have to wait for copies of the SC orders for executing the duo, he said it would not be necessary, as there was no stay order on their execution.


However, Chief Defence Counsel Khandker Mahbub Hossain contradicted the attorney general, and said the jail authorities could execute them only after receiving a short or full order from the SC. Meanwhile, the Jamaat posted on its twitter page that its leader Mojaheed would not seek presidential mercy as “he didn't commit any crime”.

Up till now, two war crimes convicts -- Jamaat leaders Abdul Quader Mollah and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman -- have been executed since the war crimes trial began in March 2010.


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