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Death warrants issued for Mujahid, SQ Chy

Update : 01 Oct 2015, 08:06 AM

The International Crimes Tribunal has issued death warrants against convicted war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

Tribunal Registrar Md Shahidul Alam confirmed this to the Dhaka Tribune.

He said: "The full text of the verdicts in the appeal cases of Mujahid and Salauddin Quader were presented before the tribunal on Thursday morning. Then, the tribunal judges signed the death warrants."

Dhaka Central Jail authorities have already received the death warrants on Thursday afternoon. 

The tribunal will send the death warrants also to home secretary, law secretary and deputy commissioner of Dhaka district, said the registrar. 

Also Read: Mujahid, SQ Chy get 15 days

The Supreme Court released the full text of verdicts in the appeal cases of war criminals on Wednesday.

Lawyers for the death row convicts will have a chance to file review petitions within 15 days from the publication of the full verdict.

Upon receiving the warrants, the jail authorities will read them out to the convicts. If the review petitions are disposed of and their death sentences are upheld, the convicts will have the opportunity to seek mercy from the president admitting the crimes and meet the family members.

Read More: SC confirms death for SQ Chy 

A notorious al-Badr leader during the 1971 Liberation War, Mujahid is currently in Dhaka Central Jail. Former BNP lawmaker Salauddin, who had taken part in the annihilation of the Hindus in Chittagong during the war, in kept at the Kashimpur High-Security Jail.

So far, the government has executed two war criminals following legal procedures. They are Jamaat leaders Abdul Quader Molla and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman. The apex court earlier commuted the death penalty of another Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment until death. None of the convicts admitted to committing the crimes.

The International Crimes Tribunal on October 1, 2013 sentenced Salauddin, son of Convention Muslim League leader Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, to death on four out of nine proven charges including the murder of Nutan Chandra Singha and genocides in Unosottor Para, Banik Para and Madhya Gohira. Salauddin and his father had used their Goods Hill residence as a torture camp. He filed the appeal seeking acquittal on October 29 the same year.

On the other hand, al-Badr commander Mujahid, 69, filed the appeal on August 12, 2013 seeking acquittal from all the charges. Social welfare minister (technocrat) during the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s 2011-06 tenure, Mujahid was sentenced to death by the tribunal on July 17 the same year.

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