Bangladesh Court Okays Execution Of Saudi Diplomat Murder Convict

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Dhaka (IANS): Bangladesh’s apex court on Sunday dismissed a review petition filed by a death row convict in the murder case of Saudi diplomat Khalaf Al Ali.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain made the ruling, clearing the way for the execution of Saiful Islam Mamun Mamun who is now in jail, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Supreme Court in November last year upheld the death sentence for Mamun and life terms for three others in the murder of the Saudi diplomat.

The death row inmate is now left with the only option of seeking presidential clemency.

If the president rejects his pleas, the government will fix a date and prison authorities will start the process to execute the verdict.

Khalaf, 45, a Second Secretary at the Saudi embassy in Dhaka, was shot dead near his Gulshan house in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave on March 6, 2012.

This is the first time a foreign diplomat was murdered in Bangladesh.

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