Dhaka (newsnextbd.com) – A junior minister on Tuesday said the jail authorities will execute the death warrant against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted in crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war against Pakistan.
State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque told local media that Mullah would be hanged Tuesday night as the jail authorities sent a letter to Mullah’s family to visit him by late evening. The full text of the verdict was published on December 5 and Mullah was brought to Dhaka Central Jail on that day to face execution.
Mullah, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced to death by the High Court in September revising a trial court order for life in prison pronounced in February. He was accused in genocide, rape and other crimes against humanity committed during the nine-month war.
Security was beefed up across Bangladesh fearing backlash by the activists of outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami as they had created mayhem another leader of the party was sentenced to death in late February.
More than 100 people were killed and trains and power plants were torched as the party activists resorted to violence after the death sentence pronounced against Delawar Hossain Sayedee on February 28.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dhaka after the trial court sentenced Mullah‘s life in prison demanding his execution as they believed that the crimes he had committed was punishable with capital punishment.
The case was reviewed in appeal court following an appeal by the prosecution against his previous sentence to life in prison.
The top appeal court rejected the defence’s plea for an acquittal, and handed down a harsher sentence as requested by the prosecution.
It was the first ruling on by the Supreme Court on an appeal against a verdict of International Crimes Tribunal, dealing with war crimes committed by the local collaborators of Pakistani forces in 1971.
The tribunal was established in 2010 to prosecute those suspected of collaboration with the Pakistani forces, allegedly responsible for genocide, rape, arson, looting and other crimes against humanity during the nine-month conflict.
The five-judge panel decided on the death sentence for Mollah by a 4-1 majority, on Mullah’s convictions for murder and rape.