Dhaka: Five former Bangladeshi Army
officers convicted in the assassination of the nation`s
founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a 1975 military
coup, would be executed by Sunday, as the country`s Supreme
Court today rejected their review plea.
"The execution would be carried out any time by
January 31," Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told reporters after
the Supreme Court had upheld their death sentence.
A four member bench of the apex Appellate Division of
the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Md Tafazzul Islam
pronounced the verdict after three days of hearing of the five
of the 12 convicted ex-military officers who are now in jail
to face the death penalty.
The five convicts who will now walk to the gallows
after a trial that dragged on for 13 years are sacked
lieutenant colonels Syed Faruq Rahman, Sultan Shariar Rashid
Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery) and AKM Mohiuddin and sacked
major Bazlul Huda.
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 daughters Sheikh Hasina, the present Prime
Minister, and Sheikh Rehana were saved as they were abroad at
that time of the massacre. A total of 28 people, including
domestic staff, were killed when a group of junior army
officers stormed Bangabandhu`s private residence in a pre-dawn
swoop that also toppled his post-independence Awami League
The trial started only when Hasina came to power in
1996 after spending 21 years in political wilderness. She
scrapped an indemnity law which was enacted by the post-1975
government to protect the killers.
At that time, 15 men were found guilty and sentenced
to death. Three were acquitted in 2001. Of the remaining 12,
five appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court, six are in
hiding and one is believed to have died in Zimbabwe.