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Mufti Hannan files review petition on death penalty

  • Published at 10:03 pm February 23rd, 2017
Mufti Hannan files review petition on death penalty
Convicted militant leader Mufti Abdul Hannan has filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking review of an Appellate Division verdict that upheld his death conviction for the 2004 murder attempt on former British envoy Anwar Choudhury. Advocate-on-record Nahid Sultana submitted the petition to the apex court on Thursday, seeking his acquittal. A death warrant was read out to the chief of a faction of Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami Bangladesh (HujiB) and his two cohorts, also death-row convicts, Sharif Shahedul Alam and Md Delwar Hossain in early February. If the petition is rejected, the trio will have to seek presidential clemency as the last resort to save their necks. They must die by hanging upon the president's denial in this regard.
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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. A Sylhet court in December 2008 sentenced the trio to death, and two others to life imprisonment for the attack. The High Court upheld the sentence in February last year. In December the same year, the death row convicts appealed to the Appellate Division, but to no avail as the death penalty was upheld there as well. The Appellate Division's 65-page full verdict was published on January 17 this year. Hannan also carries a death sentence for the 2001 Ramna Batamul bombing which killed ten people. Since its formation in 1992, the militant outfit has carried out at least 14 attacks, killing more than 100 people in the pursuit of establishing Shariah Law in Bangladesh.