Execution process to start now
The Supreme Court authorities yesterday sent the records of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case to the trial court to start the process of executing five convicts who are now in the condemned cells.
The Court of District and Sessions Judge, Dhaka on receiving the records will issue death warrant against the five convicts, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday.
The records contain all the relevant papers including the copies of the judgements recently delivered by the Supreme Court and earlier by the High Court and the trial court.
The attorney general told The Daily Star the trial court may issue the death warrant on the basis of the records today.
The jail authorities will take steps to execute the five convicts between 21 and 28 days after receiving the death warrant, he added.
The five convicts are Lt Col Syed Farooq Rahman, Lt Col Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Maj Bazlul Huda, Maj (Lancer) AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Lt Col (Artillery) Mohiuddin Ahmed.
Replying to a question, Mahbubey Alam said the process for executing the convicted killers of Bangabandhu will not stop, even if they file review petitions with the SC against the verdict.
"The convicts will try to stop the process of execution through filing review petitions with the Supreme Court. But we will try to dismiss their petitions," he said.
He added the lawyers for two convicts -- Syed Farooq Rahman and Mohiuddin Ahmed -- got the certified copy of the SC judgment, while the rest will get it today.
Earlier in the day, the SC registrar's office sent the copy of the apex court judgement to the offices of the home secretary, attorney general, High Court registrar, Dhaka District and Sessions Judge's Court and inspector general (prisons).
On November 19, the Appellate Division upheld the death sentence to a dozen killers including the five convicts earlier handed down by the HC.
Six of the convicts -- Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col Shariful Haque Dalim, Lt Col SHMB Nur Chowdhury, Lt Col AM Rashed Chowdhury, Capt Abdul Mazed and Risaldar Mosleuddin Khan -- are on the run.
The other convict Lt Col Abdul Aziz Pasha died in Zimbabwe in June 2001 where he had taken political asylum.