Mir Quasem Seeks Time To Decide On Mercy Petition


Dhaka: Death-row convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali sought time from the Kashimpur jail authorities to decide on whether he will apply for presidential mercy on Wednesday, quotes a Bangladesh media.

Jail super Proshanto Kumar Banik of Kashimpur jail read out the Supreme Court’s verdict to Mir Quasem Ali, which rejected his petition for review of its earlier judgment giving him death penalty for his wartime crimes. After listening the verdict, Mir Quasem said that he sought time from the jail authorities to decide on whether he would apply for presidential mercy, said the jail super.

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Proshanto Kumar Banik and jailer of jail-2 Nashir Ahmed with a copy of the full text of the verdict entered the condemned cell around 7:30pm where Mir Quasem Ali has been kept. Earlier, the verdict’s copy reached Kashimpur Jail from Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj around 12:45am.  The copy of the SC verdict rejecting the review plea of Mir Quasem Ali reached the Dhaka Central Jail around 9:10pm on Tuesday. Earlier on the day, after the SC released the full text of the verdict, it was sent to the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh (ICT,B).

The written text was released after a five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, signed the copy of the verdict turning down the petition to review its earlier order upholding Mir Quasem’s death sentence for crimes against humanity during the War of Independence in 1971.

With presidential clemency remaining the only option, a speculation is around that Mir Quasem is set to meet the same fate any moment as his five comrades–Jamaat leaders Abdul Quader Mollah, AHM Kamaruzzaman, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, Matiur Rahman Nizami and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.