Dhaka – Chief of an Islamist militant Organisation Abdul Hannan, a death row convict, will be executed at any time as all legal procedures have been completed, a senior minister said on Sunday.
Hannan, also known as Mufti Hannan, is convicted of carrying out grenade attack on a former British envoy in north-eastern shrine city of Sylhet that left three people killed and many others injured in 2004.
There is no bar to carry out the death sentence of Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief as the Presided rejected his mercy petition, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters adding that the prisons authorities have taken preparation as per the jail code.
“There is no threat of any militant attack or something like this over the execution,” the minister said.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Hannan, Delwar Alias Ripon and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul after hearing the review filed by the death-row convicts on March 19.
The High Court confirmed the death penalty on February 11, 2016. The convicts however filed appeal with the Appellate Division, which rejected the militant’s plea upholding the punishment on December 7, 2016.
The Sylhet on December 23, 2008 sentenced Hannan and two of his associates – Bipul and Ripon – to death for carrying out grenade attack on the British envoy Anwar Choudhury.
Choudhury escaped, but three people, including two security officials were killed in the attack on May 21, 2004.
Two other members of the banned militant group – Muhibullah alias Muhibur Rahman alias Ovi and Mufti Main Uddin alias Abu Zandal – were sentenced to life in prison.