DHAKA, March 19, 2017 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today rejected review plea of Mufti Abdul Hannan, chief of Bangladesh chapter of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), and two others in the case lodged over 2004 grenade attack on then British envoy in Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury.
A three-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order, dismissing plea of Hannan to review its December 7, 2016, verdict that had maintaining a High Court judgment upholding sentence of a trial court awarding three of five accused death.
The other two death-row convicts are Hannan's cohorts Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul and Delwar Hossain.
"It's a sensational case. The trial court and the High Court have given correct orders and that is why we are dismissing the review plea," the Chief Justice said in the short order.
Three people died and around 70 people, including the British envoy, were injured in the attack which took place in Hazrat Shah Jalal shrine in Sylhet on May 21, 2004.
Sylhet Speedy Trial Tribunal, after examining 56 witnesses, passed the verdict of the case on December 23, 2008, sentencing three to death and life imprisonment to Mohibullah and Abu Jandal.
Following the jail appeals, the High Court on February 11, 2016, upheld death for the three, making Hannan and Bipul to lodge appeals with the apex court to save their necks.
As the Appellate Division too upheld the trial court verdict of death, Mufti Hannan on February 23, 2017, filed a plea with the apex court to review that sentence.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said now there is no legal bar in executing the three militants, including Hannan.
"Now they can only file clemency plea to the President as the last resort to save their necks. If they do not file the clemency pleas, the prison authorities can execute them after seven days and within 21 days of passing the judgment," said the chief law officer of the state.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)