News ID: 120192
Published: 0151 GMT June 16, 2015

Bangladeshi court upholds death penalty for senior party leader

Bangladeshi court upholds death penalty for senior party leader

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has upheld the death penalty for a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, dismissing his appeal for a final review.

The court on Tuesday paved the way for the execution of 67-year-old Mujahid, saying he could be hanged within months, AFP reported.

“The death penalty handed down to him has been upheld,” prosecutor Soumya Reza said.

Mujahid, the deputy secretary general of the religious party, was found guilty in 2013 over charges, including murder and torture, during Bangladesh’s war of independence with Pakistan in 1971.

The ruling has sparked deadly nationwide protests by his supporters, with critics slamming it as unfair.

Mujahid's defense lawyer Shishir Manir said, “We'll seek a review of the Supreme Court judgment.”

In April, Mohamad Kamaruzzaman, a senior religious party leader, was executed over alleged crimes committed during the 1971 conflict.

Kamaruzzaman, 62, was convicted in May 2014 and the country's Supreme Court upheld his death sentence on April 6.

On August 1, 2013, the Bangladesh Supreme Court issued a verdict banning the registration of the Jamaat-e-Islami and preventing it from contesting national polls.

Bangladesh's Constitution calls for a secular government and prohibits religion-based politics.

Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan to form an independent country in 1971 following a war between Bangladeshi nationalists, backed by India, and Pakistani troops. The war claimed the lives of some three million people.

Resource: Press TV
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