Bangladesh upholds execution for ex-president's killers

Bangladesh's Supreme Court rejected appeals from five men convicted of killing the country's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangladesh upholds execution for ex-president's killers

Bangladesh's Supreme Court rejected appeals from five men convicted of killing the country's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, lawyers and court officials said on Wednesday.

Mujibur, or Mujib as he was popularly called, was killed along with most members of his family in a 1975 revolt by young army officers. One of his two surviving daughters, Sheikh Hasina, is now the country's prime minister.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Tafazzul Islam gave its ruling after hearing three days of submissions.

"This has removed the last legal barrier to implementing the death sentences," chief prosecution attorney Anisul Haque told reporters.

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told reporters the executions of the five former army officers will be carried out by January 31.

The convicts, all ex-army officers, had appealed for a review of their sentences after the Supreme Court in November upheld the execution orders confirmed earlier by the High Court.

These five are now in prison, while six others ex-soldiers convicted for their involvement in the 1975 revolt are still on the run.

Under Bangladeshi law the death sentences must be carried out within three to four weeks of the Supreme Court decision.

President Zillur Rahman has rejected appeals by three of the men for presidential clemency, but attorneys for the other two said they would also apply to the president for mercy. They too are likely to be turned down, lawyers said.

Reuters


Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2010, 12:27
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