President rejects mercy petition by Bangabandhu killer Abdul Majed

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President Abdul Hamid has rejected mercy petition of Capt Abdul Majed, a death row convict in a case filed over the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members, Law Minister Anisul Huq told the Media.

On Wednesday, a Dhaka court issued a death warrant for Majed as he has been condemned in the Bangabandhu murder case.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal came up with the disclosure on Thursday morning. “Now his (Majed) death sentence will be executed following subsequent process,” the minister said.

As per law, the countdown to execute Majed’s death sentence has begun following the issuance of the warrant.

Dhaka District and Sessions Judge Md Helal Chowdhury issued the warrant and read it out to Majed after he was produced in court.

The death warrant, wrapped in a red cloth has been sent to the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj where Majed is kept in solitary confinement, designated for convicts condemned to death.

On Tuesday, Abdul Majed was sent to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj after being produced before the court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AM Zulfikar Hayat.

No lawyer appeared to defend Majed when Sub-Inspector Anisur Rahman prayed for detaining him in jail as he was shown arrested in the Bangabandhu murder case.

On Monday night, a team from Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police arrested Majed from Dhaka’s Mirpur Cantonment area.

On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officials for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.

Five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.

The fugitive killers are former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin.

Of them, the government knew the whereabouts of Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin while it was not sure about the other three fugitives — Rashid, Dalim and Majed.

According to government sources, Noor Chowdhury has been living in Canada and Rashed Chowdhury in the USA.