Bangladesh judge signs death warrants for Mujib killers

A judge signed on Sunday the death warrants for five killers of Bangladesh's independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh judge signs death warrants for Mujib killers

A judge signed on Sunday the death warrants for five killers of Bangladesh's independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, formally setting the clock for their executions within four weeks.

Court officials said the signed warrants would be forwarded to the prison authorities immediately and the executions would take place within the next 21 to 28 days.

However, the executions may be delayed if the five convicted men seek another review by the Supreme Court or request presidential clemency.

Mujib, whose daughter Sheikh Hasina is prime minister, was slain with most members of his family in a revolt by young army officers on August 15, 1975, that ended the nation's first spell of democracy and set the stage for a series of coups and foiled coups.

Fifteen men, mostly former army officers, were sentenced to death by a Dhaka court in 1998, but the High Court later reprieved three of them. Of the remaining 12, six fled, one died abroad and the other five remain in prison awaiting execution.


Reuters

Last Mod: 03 Ocak 2010, 11:56
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