SC rejects Mojaheed, SQ Chy review petitions; death sentences upheld

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Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed— New Age file photo

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed— New Age file photo

The Appellate Division on Wednesday rejected two petitions filed by condemned war crimes convicts Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury seeking review of its verdicts upholding their death sentences.
The four member-bench headed by the Chief Justice SK Sinha passed the orders around 11:32am saying ‘the review petitions are dismissed’, and paving the way for their executions for war crimes.
After dismissing the review petitions, the Chief Justice told attorney general Mahbubey Alam that the court would send a brief order to the jail authorities over the decision.
In the morning, the court started hearing the review petition of Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and decided to pass its order at 11:30am.
Earlier on Tuesday, the same bench posted today for passing its order over the review petition filed by Jamaat’s secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed against his death sentence.
In a press briefing, the attorney general said the jail authorities will now ask Salauddin and Mojaheed if they will seek presidential mercy.
If they wish, their applications would be referred to the president, he said, adding that there is no specific timeframe for seeking clemency.
In case of their denial to seek the presidential mercy, there will no bar for their executions, Mahbubey Alam said.
Khandker Mahbub Hossain, however, said the government now can voluntarily pardon them or they can seek presidential mercy as per the constitution.
It depends upon them whether they will seek mercy or not, he said.
Ali Ahmed Mabrur, son of Mojaheed, said they are disappointed because his father deprived of justice.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 1 issued the warrants for the execution of death penalties of Mojaheed and Salauddin.
On June 16, the apex court pronounced a brief verdict upholding Mojaheed’s death sentence.
The then International Crimes Tribunal-2 on July 17, 2013, had sentenced Mojaheed to death finding him guilty of five war crimes charges including his complicity in killing intellectuals towards the fag end of the Liberation War.
Earlier on July 29, the Appellate Division had upheld the death sentence of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 1, 2013.
During the hearing in Salauddin’s petition on Wednesday, his lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain submitted to the court for the first time Salauddin’s educational certificate issued by the registrar of the Punjab University on March 22, 2012.
According to the certificate, Salauddin obtained second class in Bachelor of Arts examinations held in August 1971.
The court observed that the certificate was forged as the font of the last two digits of ‘1971’ was smaller than the font of the first two digits.
(Updated)

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