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Dhaka Tribune

Mufti Hannan to seek clemency

Update : 22 Mar 2017, 01:11 PM
Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (HujiB) leader Mufti Hannan will seek presidential pardon. Hannan informed it to the Kashimpur Jail authorities when the full verdict was read out to him around 10:30am on Wednesday. “Hannan has told us that he will file the petition seeking presidential clemency with due process through his lawyer,” Mizanur Rahman, jail superintendent, told the Dhaka Tribune.hujibAnother death-row convict Sharif Shahedul Alam, Hannan's aide, would also seek clemency, he added. The other convict is Md Delwar Hossain. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court's Appellate Division released the full text of its verdict reconfirming death penalties handed to Mufti Hannan and two accomplices for a failed assassination attempt on the then British high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury. The full verdict reached to Kashimpur Jail on Tuesday night. Three people were killed and Anwar sustained injuries in the grenade attack carried out during his visit to Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet city on May 21, 2004. The commissioner reported being hit in the stomach by a bomb, which then fell on the ground near the foot of the district chief and exploded “with a big bang.” Sixty-nine others were also injured.
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The UK foreign secretary at the time, Jack Straw, said he was “deeply shocked” by the attack. The HujiB militant group was formed in 1992 and claims to have carried out at least 14 attacks, killing more than 100 people in the pursuit of establishing Shariah Law in Bangladesh. A Sylhet court in December 2008 sentenced the trio to death and two others to life-time imprisonment for their roles in the attack. The High Court upheld the sentences in February 2016. The same month, the death-row convicts appealed to the Appellate Division but to no avail. Their review petitions filed challenging the Appellate Division verdict were also rejected. Hannan was also sentenced to death for the 2001 Ramna Batamul bombing, in which ten people were killed.
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