Plea for expeditious hearing of death row convicts` petitions
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 20:24
Dhaka: Bangladeshi prosecutors on Tuesday pleaded in the top court for an expeditious hearing of review petitions of two death row convicts, who are among former military officers held guilty for the assassination of the country's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

"We have filed a petition to the Appellate Division (of the Supreme Court) praying for expeditious hearing of the review petitions filed by the two condemned convicts," Anisul Huq, the chief prosecution counsel, told agency.

The two condemned convicts have pleaded for a review of the November 19, 2009 apex court verdict confirming their death penalties.

Huq said the chamber judge of the apex court was expected to fix a date tomorrow for hearing the review petitions.

Former Lieutenant Colonel AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed (lancer) and ex-major Bazlul Huda filed two separate review petitions on January 10 as the apex court confirmed the earlier High Court verdict handing down capital punishment to 12 former military officers, five of whom are in jail to face justice.

Lawyers of three other former army officers, Lt Col Syed Faruq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Khan and Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery) said they were preparing to file an identical review petitions.

Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed and AKM Mohiuddin have sought Presidential clemency against their death penalties.

"I want to assure you, everything will be done as the law demands," chief prosecution counsel said.

Sheikh Mujib, popularly called Bangabandhu, who led Bangladesh to independence in 1971, was gunned down at his home in a posh Dhanmandi area, along with his wife and three sons in a coup on August 15, 1975. His daughter Sheikh Hasina, the present Prime Minister, was saved as she was abroad at that time of the massacre.

The case first came to the court in 1996, when Hasina became the prime minister for the first time. She removed legal barriers enacted by the post-Mujib military governments to protect the killers.

Six convicted officers are currently on the run while one has already died. The trial court on January 3 issued death warrants against five of the 12 condemned former army officers.


First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 20:24

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