Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday demanded the government not to execute condemned convict Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah without exhausting his review plea.
“Every citizen has the right to seek a review against any verdict of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court as per article 105 of our constitution,” he said.
Moudud, also a former Law Minister further said, “We demand the government not to execute the death sentence without entertaining Quader Mollah the scope for review as per article 105 of the constitution.”
The BNP leader came up with the demand at a press conference arranged by pro-BNP Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum at the south hall of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
In his written statement, the BNP stalwart said, “We’re observing with regret that the government has started the process of implementing the court’s execution order against Quader Mollah depriving him of his right to file a review petition against the SC verdict.”
Moudud, also a BNP standing committee member, said they want to see the government exercise the constitutional provision of review as it is the supreme law of the republic.
He said they think the trial process of the case did not follow the conventional law and maintain ‘international’ standard. “That’s why the trial proceeding of the case has become questionable globally.”
Moudud claimed that the government had filed the case to fulfill its petty political gain. “We strongly condemn and protest it.”
As the reporters came up with a volley of questions over the sensitive issue, the BNP leader did not entrain any question.
On September 17, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court sentenced lifer Jamaat-e- Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
Allowing the government’s appeal seeking death sentence for Mollah, the five-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain, pronounced the final judgment, dismissing Mollah’s appeal seeking acquittal of all the convictions awarded against him by the International Crimes Tribunal-2.
On February 5 this year, convicting detained Mollah on five counts of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, the tribunal had unanimously sentenced him to life term imprisonment.
BNP standing committee member and Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum president Rafiqul Islam Miah, Bangladesh Bar Council vice chairman Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, BNP chairperson’s adviser and former SCBA president advocate Zainul Abedin, and incumbent SCBA secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon, MP, were, among others, present at the press conference.