Death warrants signed against 5 ex-army killers of Bangladesh's founding father

10:52, January 04, 2010      

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Bangladesh's Dhaka District and Sessions Judge MA Gafur Sunday signed the death warrants against five of the ex-army officers convicted in Sheikh Mujibur Raman murder case.

The judge passed the order at Sunday noon after receiving the final verdict of the Supreme Court that reaffirmed High Court's death sentences on a total of 12 former army officers in the case of murder of the country's founding father, according to private news agency UNB.

Of this dozen under the death sentences, the aforesaid five are detained in Dhaka Central Jail while six on the run and one has died in the meantime.

The court soon sent the signed death warrants to senior jail super of Dhaka Central Jail Touhidul Islam directing him to take "necessary steps to execute the sentences of the Supreme Court as per the Jail Code".

Dhaka district public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan said the jail authorities have to execute the verdict within 21 to 28 days after receiving the signed death warrants.

Mujib Raman was killed with 16 others, including his wife and three sons, on Aug. 15, 1975 by some junior military officers.

Source: Xinhua
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