Jail authorities are ready to execute convicted militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, the Inspector General of Prisons (IGP) has said.
"The copy of Supreme Court verdict that upheld Mufti Hannan’s death penalty has been sent to the Sylhet court and it will also be sent to Kashimpur jail," Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
"The execution procedure will start once the verdict copies reach both places.”
Mufti Hannan and his cohort Sharif Shahedul Alam sought time from the Kashimpur Jail authority to seek a presidential pardon.
The full verdict was read out to them at around 10:30am this morning.
The Supreme Court on March 19 upheld the death penalties handed down to Mufti Abdul Hannan and two other HujiB men for the 2004 grenade attack on Hazrat Shahjalal shrine.
On February 23, Mufti Hannan filed the petition with the Supreme Court seeking review of an Appellate Division verdict that upheld his death sentence for the 2004 murder attempt on former British envoy Anwar Choudhury.
Militants tried to assassinate Anwar, the then UK high commissioner, at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet on May 21, 2004, but their efforts were in vain. However, three people were killed in the attack which left over 70 others injured.
In December 2008, a Sylhet court sentenced the trio to death, and two others to life imprisonment for the attack. The High Court upheld the sentence in February last year.