Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday demanded immediate execution of the death penalty of Abdul Majed, a convicted killer of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“We, on behalf of Bangladesh Awami League, are demanding the government and the authorities concerned ensure an immediate execution of the death sentence,” he said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the remarks in a written statement sent to the media after the arrest of Majed.
Majed went into hiding before the Awami League came to power in 1996. Detectives had been working to trace him ever since.
There is no legal bar on the execution of the death penalty as per the country’s constitution and the existing Criminal Code of Procedures, said the statement.
There is a specific period for execution of the death sentence mentioned in the laws as well, he said.
The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence issued by the trial court for the killers. Subsequently, the Supreme Court rejected the review petition of the convicted killers, said Quader. The AL spokesperson said the process to execute the verdict as per the court had already started.
He said the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members was not only an effort to exterminate a party and its ideology but also it was to destroy the future of the country.Five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010.
Another killer Aziz Pasha met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.
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.
The fugitive killers are – former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, and Risaldar Moslehuddin.
Interpol has issued a red notice against them.
The bridges minister also urged the authorities concerned to bolster efforts to bring back the other fugitive killers of Bangabandhu.
“Strong efforts are ongoing to bring back the convicted killers who have been hiding abroad. We are demanding to strengthen this diplomatic effort in the days to come,” Quader said.
Over the ongoing coronavirus situation, he said the people were passing through the global and national crisis.
“So, now our prime task is to fight the Coronavirus crisis together,” he said, urging the people, including AL leaders and activists to be alert against the conspiracy activities of the vested quarters alongside facing the coronavirus crisis.
Bangladesh on Wednesday announced detection of 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths. Bangladesh has confirmed 218 cases of the deadly virus and 20 deaths.