Death row war criminal Abdul Quader Molla remained unmoved when he was told Sunday that a death warrant had been issued against him by the International Crimes Tribunal.
Sources at the Dhaka Central Jail said the convict had been informed of the warrant hours after the jail authorities received a copy of the order.
Quader Molla has been staying at a condemned cell since December 5, when the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court released full text of the verdict and he was brought to the Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur Jail.
However, the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general is yet to express his desire to seek the president’s clemency, jail authorities have said.
Inspector General (prisons) Mainuddin Khandaker told the Dhaka Tribune: “Sensing his mental state, we decided not to ask him anything about seeking the president’s clemency.”
Officials of the jail and the Dhaka District Administration said they were prepared to execute the death sentence.
“Although we have not yet received any formal directive regarding the execution of the death sentence against of Quader Molla, the jail authorities are prepared to smoothly implement any order from the higher authorities,” Assistant IG (prisons) Zahir Uddin Babar said.
“The Dhaka Central Jail authorities have enough manpower and the required logistics for hanging any convict as per the court orders,” he said.
With Quader Molla, the number death row convicts at the Dhaka Central jail stood at 1,102. Recently, a special Dhaka court awarded capital punishment to 152 formers members of Bangladesh Rifles, now known as Border Guard Bangladesh, in connection with the 2009 Pilkhana carnage.
Dr Rafiqul Islam, who works at the central jail, said: “We have been regularly checking up the physical condition of Quader Molla. So far, he has been physically fit.”
On February 5, Quader Molla became the first war criminal to get lifetime imprisonment by the International Crimes Tribunal.
The Appellate Division in its order on September 17 revised the sentence to death for the crimes he had committed against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.