Convicted militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan is likely be executed soon for the attempt on former British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury's life in 2004.
A death warrant was read out to the chief of a faction of Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (HujiB) on Monday, sources at the Kashimpur high security jail confirm.
[caption id="attachment_45103" align="alignleft" width="240"] Ex-UK envoy Anwar Choudhury
Senior Jail Superintendent Mizanur Rahman on Tuesday said that they were waiting for completion of the legal procedures.
“After that, the high-ups will decide the next step,” he said.
Hannan can seek a review of his death penalty. He can seek mercy from the president if his review petition is rejected.
However, if he declines to seek mercy or if the president denies it, he will be executed.
The notorious group has carried out at least 14 attacks in which over 100 people have been killed since its formation in 1992 with a view to establish Shariah Law in the country.
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Militants tried to assassinate the then UK envoy Anwar Choudhury at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet on May 21, 2004. Three people were killed and over 70 others were injured.
A Sylhet court in December 2008 sentenced Hannan and two other militants to death and handed down life imprisonment to two others for the attack.
The High Court upheld
the sentence in February last year.
Hannan and two other militants moved the Appellate Division but the top court threw out
their appeal in December the same year.
The Appellate Division full verdict was published last month. The convicts will have to file a review petition within 30 days.
Hannan carries a death sentence for the 2001 Ramna Batamul bombing. He is also accused of attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2000 and 2004.
Formed officially on April 30, 1992 by Afghan war veterans from a press conference at the National Press Club with Maulana Abdus Salam as its chief, HujiB later split into three parts. Most of the leaders of the two factions led by Hannan and Mufti Abdur Rouf have been arrested. But Salam has been on the run and believed to be financing the group from abroad.
Leaders of the three groups held meetings several times to unite, but it has not been possible because of Salam’s opposition. Many of its members have joined different active militant groups like the JMB and Ansarullah Bangla Team, and are believed to be taking part in the recent targeted killings, say police.
The group first saw split in 1998 when Mufti Hannan and Mufti Rouf formed Islamic Gono Andolon. After its ban in 2005, Gono Andolon was renamed Sacheton Islami Janata on August 19, 2006.
The outfit enjoyed impunity during the military-backed caretaker government when they organised rallies and processions under the banner of Sachetan Islami Janata. The faction led by Salam even floated Islamic Democratic Party (IDP) with a 15-member convening committee in May, 2008 to contest the national election in December. But the IDP did not get party registration.