Mufti Hannan’s execution anytime: Home minister

Mufti Hannan’s execution anytime: Home minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said there is no bar to carry out the death sentence of Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) chief Mufti Abdul Hannan as the Presided rejected his mercy petition.

“The Kashimpur Jail authorities have started the preparation, Mufti Hannan will be executed anytime,” the home boss said while talking to journalists at his secretariat office in Dhaka.

Replying to a query, the minister said there is no threat of any militant attack or something like this over the execution.

On March 19, the Appellate Division upheld the death sentence of Mufti Hannan, Delwar Alias Ripon and Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul after hearing the review petitions filed by the three death-row convicts.

On March 21, the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division released the full text of its verdict.

On December 7, 2016, an SC bench, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, upheld the death penalty of the three in the case rejecting appeals filed by the Huji chief and Bipul challenging the High Court verdict that had upheld their death sentence awarded by the tribunal.

In 2004, the then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury came under a grenade attack while coming out of Hazrat Shahjalal’s shrine in his hometown Sylhet. The envoy and 40 employees of the Sylhet district administration were injured in the attack.

Hannan was also sentenced to death for the 2001 Ramna Batamul bombing, in which 10 people were killed.