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.

PTI



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

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