Mir Quasem not to seek presidential clemency: Jail super

Mir Quasem not to seek presidential clemency: Jail super

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Death-row convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali has decided not to seek presidential mercy, said Kasimpur Jail super Proshanto Kumar Banik.Mir Quasem informed his decision to the prison authorities around 3.30pm, the jail super said.On Thursday, he sought further time to decide whether he will seek mercy, upon being asked by the Kashimpur jail authorities.Earlier, his six family members met him at the jail on Wednesday.

While talking to reporters, Quasem’s wife Khandaker Ayesha Khatun said her husband wants to wait until the last minute to decide whether he will seek clemency, and before that he wants to see his son Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem who has remained missing for the past couple of days.He will decide about the mercy plea after talking to his son, she added.Earlier in the day, Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin said Mir Quasem Ali will get reasonable time for seeking presidential clemency.The copy of the Supreme Court verdict rejecting the review plea of Mir Quasem reached Kashimpur Jail from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj around 12:45am on Wednesday.Jail super Proshanto Kumar Banik of the jail read out the SC verdict to Mir Quasem.The top court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty for Quasem for the crimes he committed against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.On March 8, the Appellate Division upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali for his war crimes.The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mir Quasem, the Al-Badr chief in the port city of Chittagong in 1971, to death on November 02, 2014.On November 30, 2014, he filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty.
source:UNB

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