Bangladesh supports war crimes death penalty of chief Islamist

Bangladesh’s uppermost law court endorsed the death sentence of the second supreme graded Islamist head for war offenses during the country’s fight for independence, paving the way for his execution.

In a short ruling, Chief Justice S.K. Sinha “rejected” Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid’s plea against his sentence, an AFP communicator at the Supreme Court said.

“The death penalty was given down to the accused and has been supported,” prosecuting attorney Soumya Reza told AFP, totaling that Mujahid could be executed in months.

Mujahid, general PA of Bangladesh’s major Islamist party, Jamaat-i-Islami, was discovered blameworthy in 2013 of five charges involving murder and torment, a decision that flashed lethal national protests by his followers.

The 67-year-old leader will now see the gallows for his part in Bangladesh’s war of freedom in 1971 unless the case is studied again by the same court or he is given mercy by the country’s president.

Mujahid was found blameworthy of being the main leader of Al Badr, a disreputable pro-Pakistani militia that was involved in the “termination of intellectuals” including top Bangladeshi reporters, authors and teachers.