The executions of five former army officers, sentenced to death for the 1975 killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, would be carried out by January 31, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said on Wednesday.
The announcement was made following the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the condemned men’s petitions for review of the appeals court’s judgment last November that upheld death sentences of the convicted killers.
Death warrants were issued against Syed Faruk Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, A.K.M. Mohiuddin and Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan on January 3. According to law, the death penalties must be executed between 21-28 days following issue of the warrants.
All five convicts submitted separate review petitions in this case, while clemency pleas of three have been rejected by President Zillur Rahman.