Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said preparations are going on for the execution of Huji chief and death row convict Mufti Hannan as soon as possible.
“We are preparing to execute militant outfit Huji chief and death row convict Mufti Hannan as per jail code as soon as possible,” he said.
Huji chief and death row convict Mufti Hannan as per jail code as soon as possible,” he said.
The minister was talking to media at his secretariat office in the capital.
Asked about any possible threat centering the execution, the minister said, “There is no threat of any militant attack.”
Mufti Hannan and his two accomplices await execution in a case for launching grenade attack in Sylhet, killing three police officials and injuring former British
High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury and 49 others.
Two other death row convicts are Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon.
The minister said the time of hanging a death row convict is specified in the jail code. “We are waiting for the time as enumerated in the law,” he said.
However, legal experts said the trio may be executed within a period from April 11 to 17.
Hannan and his two accomplices are facing death warrants in the case following rejection of mercy petitions of the condemned prisoners by President Abdul Hamid.
As per rule 991 (VI) of jail code, the government will direct the jail authorities to fix a date for execution of a condemned prisoner not less than 21 or more than 28 days of rejection of appeal or review petition of the convict by the apex court.
On March 19, the Supreme Court rejected the review petitions filed by the trio against its earlier verdict that upheld their death sentence in the case.
There is no legal bar in executing Mufti Hannan and two other militants after rejection of their mercy petitions, Kamal said.
Meanwhile, the deputy inspector general of prisons, Col Towhidul Islam, said, “A date has been fixed for the execution of the trio as per provision of the jail code. But I cannot tell you the particular date and time for the interest of security.” “If the time comes, you (reporters) will know it, he added.
Mufti Hannan is the first person who promoted ‘armed militancy’ in the country after his return to Bangladesh from Afghanistan. He went to Afghanistan to fight former Soviet forces where he got arms training.
Hailing from Kotalipara in Gopalganj, he was educated in a madrassa.
He was allegedly involved in planting a 76-kg bomb at Kotalipara in Gopalganj near the meeting venue of the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in July 2000, and attacks on the Sylhet City Corporation mayor in December 2005 and a rally of Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta in Sunamganj in July, 2001.
Anwar Choudhury came under grenade attack at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in Sylhet on May 21, 2004. Three people, including two police officials, were killed in the attack.
Nearly 50 people, including the Bangladeshi-origin British high commissioner and the Sylhet deputy commissioner, were injured in the bombing.
On December 23, 2008, a lower court in Sylhet sentenced Mufti Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon to death in the case.