Mir Quasem to get seven days to seek mercy: IG Prison

Mir Quasem to get seven days to seek mercy: IG Prison

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Dhaka – Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brig Gen Syed Iftekhar Uddin on Wednesday said death-row war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali will get reasonable time for seeking presidential clemency.
“We’ve asked Mir Quasem whether he’ll seek presidential mercy and in reply he sought time to think about it. We’ll give him reasonable time but not more than seven days,” said the IG Prison while talking to reporters at the Department of Prisons in city.The verdict copy has been sent to Kashimpur Jail on Tuesday night and the jail authorities read out the copy to Quasem Ali around 7:30 am on Wednesday morning, he said.
Already some family members of the condemned Jamaat-e-Islami leader met him at the jail, he added.
Replying to a question, Iftekhar Uddin said necessary steps about executing the verdict will be taken as per the jail code after knowing the decision of Quasem Ali about presidential mercy.
Responding to another question in which jail the verdict will be executed, the IG Prison said no decision has been taken yet about it.
Earlier, Mir Quasem Ali sought time from the Kashimpur jail authorities to decide on whether he will apply for presidential mercy on Wednesday.
Jail super Proshanto Kumar Banik of Kashimpur jail read out the Supreme Court’s verdict to Mir Quasem Ali, rejecting his petition for review of its earlier judgment giving him death penalty for his wartime crimes.
After listening the verdict, Mir Quasem said that he sought time from the jail authorities to decide on whether he would apply for presidential mercy, said the jail super.
Proshanto Kumar Banik and jailer of jail-2 Nashir Ahmed with a copy of the full text of the verdict entered the condemned cell around 7:30pm where Mir Quasem Ali has been kept.
Earlier, the verdict’s copy reached Kashimpur Jail from Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj around 12:45am.
The copy of the SC verdict rejecting the review plea of Mir Quasem Ali reached the Dhaka Central Jail around 9.10pm on Tuesday.
Earlier on the day, after the SC released the full text of the verdict, it was sent to the International Crimes Tribunal.
The written text was released after a five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, signed the copy of the verdict turning down the petition to review its earlier order upholding Mir Quasem’s death sentence for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
Presidential clemency remains the last option for him.

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