Review rejected, execution awaits Mufti Hannan
March 19th, 2017 at 1:32 pm
Review rejected, execution awaits Mufti Hannan

Dhaka –Supreme Court on Sunday rejected a review by chief of a banned militant organization against his death penalty awarded for attacking a former envoy of the British High Commission to Bangladesh, officials said.

A panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha rejected the plea by Abdul Hannan, the chief of banned outfit Harkat ul Jiahad Bangladesh, as the appeal court upheld his death sentence pronounced by a trial court.

Hannan, also known as Mufti Hannan, was sentenced to death for carrying out attack on the then British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury when he was visiting a shrine in Sylhet on May 21, 2004.

In December last year, the appeal court rejected an appeal filed by Hannan and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul seeking a review of the High Court verdict that upheld their death sentence.

The High Court verdict came on February 11, 2016 eight years after the Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet convicted three persons – Hannan, Sharif and Delwar Hossain Ripon – on December 23, 2008 with death for the attack that left three people dead and many others injured.

Hannan’s brother Mainuddin was awarded life in prison.

Anwar Choudhury survived the grenade attack in Sylhet, his ancestral home.

Later, two cases — one for murder and another under the Explosive Act — were filed in connection with the grenade attack.

After investigation into the case, charges were framed against four people, including Hannan, on July 31, 2007.