Kamaruzzaman’s family asked to see him for last time

Kamaruzzaman’s family asked to see him for last time

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The Dhaka Central Jail authorities have called the family of death row convict Kamaruzzaman to see him on late Saturday afternoon indicating his death sentence might be executed by the same night.
His son Hasan Iqbal said that they had been asked to come at the Dhaka Central Jail between 4pm and 5pm on Saturday.Kamaruzzaman did not opt for seeking presidential mercy when two magistrates went to the central jail to know of his decision for which he take time to think over.
It means there is now no legal hurdle to execute the Jamaat-e-Islami leader, sentenced to death for his crimes during Bangladesh’s Liberation War, State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has been quoted as saying.
His execution was put on hold on Friday after much drama as it was still unclear whether he would seek presidential pardon.
Two district magistrates met him on Friday at the jail to ask him about seeking mercy from the head of the state.
A special tribunal sentenced Kamaruzzaman to death in 2013. A year later, the Supreme Court court upheld the sentence.
Last week, the chief justice-led Appellate Division bench rejected his plea for reviewing the sentence.
The order, sent to jail last Wednesday, was read out to him, setting in motion the process for him to seek clemency.
A convict must admit to his crimes before begging the president for mercy.
In 2013, Bangladesh hanged war crimes convict Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla on the very day the top appeals court had rejected his review plea.
Asaduzzaman Khan said formalities like Kamaruzzaman’s family meeting him and the civil surgeon going to jail were yet to be completed. – News Desk

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