Family of death row war criminal Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed today urged the president to halt his execution until end of the trial of August 21 grenade attack as he is an accused in the case.
“A case (August 21 grenade attack case) remains pending against my father. We call upon the president to give us the rights to fight a legal battle until end of the case,” said Ali Ahmed Mabrur, son of Mojaheed.
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The family was addressing a press briefing at Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium this afternoon.
At the briefing, Mojaheed's wife Tamanna-E-Jahan said, “Recording testimonies of witnesses in August 21 grenade attack case is now at the final stage. Mojaheed has the rights to continue legal battle as a citizen of Bangladesh.”
“During a meeting with the family members at the jail on November 19, Mojaheed said he would inquire the president about his position in the grenade attack case after getting copy of the verdict in crimes against humanity cases,” Jahan said.
It would be a violation of human rights if his sentence in a case will be executed despite having another case pending in a special tribunal, she said.
IT HAS NO MERIT: AG
About the demand of Mojaheed’s family, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said a death row convict can only file mercy petition to the president.
The post of president is not a post where an accused can send any such letter, the AG said.
“It’s an attempt to confuse people,” he added.
If an accused in five cases is executed in a case, then the other cases against him/her will be ineffective, Alam said adding that their demand has not merit.