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Bangladesh: Mufti Hannan’s pleas for presidential clemency rejected

Mufti Abdul Hannan
Mufti Abdul Hannan
It’s the gallows for Mufti Hannan, after the Harkat-ul-Jihad (HuJI) leader had his pleas for presidential clemency rejected, said home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday.

“The honourable president rejected Mufti Hannan’s pleas for presidential clemency. We will take action according to the jail code,” the minister told ProthomAlo.

On 19 March, the appellate division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of three HuJi men, including its chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, in a case filed for the grenade attack on the UK envoy in Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury in 2004.

On 21 March, the appellate division released the full text of its verdict on the review petition of the three HuJi men challenging their death penalties.

Convicted of killing in terrorist attack, the chief of Bangladeshi chapter of Harkat ul Islam, Abdul Hannan, sought presidential clemency after the apex court dismissed his plea to review death sentence, prison authorities said on Wednesday.

Hannan, also known as Mufti Hannan, expressed his willingness to seek the pardon after officials read out the death warrant to the convict after the Supreme Court rejected his review against the conviction.

"Hannan told us that he would file mercy petition to the president," senior jail superintendent Mizanur Rahman said as the authorities were preparing for execution of the terrorist.

Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin told reporters that all preparations were taken to hang the militants.

Sources: ProthomAlo, April 9, 2017; newsnextbd.com, March 23, 2017

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