Dhaka: The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of war-crime convicts Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury toady.
Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Mujahid and BNP Standing Committee Member Chowdhury are now left with the last option of seeking presidential clemency.
The government will go ahead with the executions if the convicts refuse to ask for mercy or if the president rejects their prayer.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha pronounced the verdicts after hearing Salauddin Quader’s petition. In both cases, Justice Sinha’s response was: “Dismissed.”
The Appellate Division bench had heard Mujahid’s petition on Tuesday and Chowdhury’s on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Jamaat-e-Islami has called a 24-hour strike for Thursday to protest the death penalty imposed on Mujahid.
“The jail authorities will carry out the death sentences on government orders,” Alam told reporters. “But they (the convicts) will get the chance to seek mercy from the president.”