Three Mujib killers appeal for Presidential clemency

3 of the 5 ex-Army officers, awarded death for 1975 assassination of Mujibur Rahman appeal for clemency to President.

Updated: Jan 09, 2010, 19:12 PM IST

Dhaka: Three of the five ex-army officers,
awarded death sentence for the 1975 assassination of
Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, today appealed for
clemency to the President.

Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed and AKM Mohiuddin have sent
their appeals to the jail authorities to seek Presidential
clemency, Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Md Ashraful
Islam Khan said.

However, Syed Faruque Rahman and Sultan Shahriar Rashid
Khan -- the other two convicts, have not submitted their
appeals but have said that their lawyers would submit
petitions for review of the Supreme Court judgement, he was
quoted as saying by the media here.

On January 3, Dhaka`s District and Sessions Judge
Mohammad Abdul Gafur signed the death warrants of five of the
12 convicts, paving way for their execution.

According to the law, death convicts can seek
Presidential clemency within seven days of issuing warrants.

The Appellate Division of Supreme Court in November had
upheld death sentences of the five convicts in the
assassination of Mujib in a 1975 military putsch that left 28
people dead.

Six convicted officers are currently on the run while one
has already died.