Jail authorities ready to execute Mufti Hannan, waiting govt order, says IG Prisons

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Dhaka, March 22: Jail authorities on Wednesday said that they are prepared to carry out the death sentences of Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) chief Mufti Hannan and his two accomplices as soon as they get the government order.

“We are yet to receive the executive order to carry out the death sentences. The prison authorities, however, are always ready for the execution,” Inspector General of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin told reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Mufti Hannan and two other HuJI activists, Sharif Shahedul Alam alias Bipul and Delwar Hossain alias Ripon have been awarded the death penalty for the 2004 grenade attack on the then UK envoy in Sylhet.

HuJI leader Mufti Hannan and Bipul are being kept at the Kashimpur High Security Prison in Gazipur while Ripon is lodged at the Sylhet Central Jail.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court published the verdict, rejecting their petitions for review of their sentences, which was read out to them on Wednesday.

After losing the last legal option, the three are now left with the only option of seeking presidential clemency by admitting guilt.

Kashimpur prison authorities said Mufti Hannan and Bipul hinted at seeking clemency while convict Ripon told Sylhet jail officials that he will give a decision later.

According to the jail code, they will now get seven days to petition for pardon.

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

In May 2004, then British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury came under a grenade attack while coming out of the Hazrat Shahjalal’s shrine in his hometown Sylhet.