The convicted Jamaat leader was set to be hanged at 12:01am Wednesday
- Timeline on Quader Molla trial , Photo- Dhaka Tribune
In a dramatic development late last night, the chamber judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain stayed the execution of war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah until 10:30am Wednesday.
They stay order came couple of hours before the implementation of the apex court verdict that sentenced Quader Mollah to death.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict of sentencing death to war criminal Quader Mollah on September 17 and released its full judgement on December 5.
After that, according to the International Crimes (tribunals) Act 1973, the government ordered to execute Quader Mollah last night. As per the government direction, the prison authorities were all set to implement the verdict and gallows was ready to hang him.
But Molla’s counsels rushed to the house of the chamber judge last night with a prayer to stay the execution as they wanted to file a review petition challenging the death penalty.
Supreme Court Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam at 10:37pm yesterday told the Dhaka Tribune over phone that the chamber judge had stayed the execution and fixed to hear the review petition at 10:30am Wednesday.
Earlier, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku around 8pm announced that the government had decided to execute Quader Mollah last night and that the prison authorities were prepared to implement the death sentence.
According to prison authorities, later Quader Molla’s family members went to Dhaka Central Jail to meet him for the last time.
At that time, Molla’s counsels led by Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Abdur Razzak rushed to the chamber judge’s house at the judges’ complex on Bailey Road in the capital to stay the execution.
At that time, no state counsel was present.
Until filing of this report at 11pm, the prison authorities had not given any version.
Quader Molla’s lawyers went to the Dhaka Central Jail to give a copy of the chamber judge’s order to the authorities.
Justice Syed Mahmud is also a member of the five-member Appellate Division bench that sentenced Quader Molla to death.
The bench was headed by Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain. The other members are Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice Wahhab Mia and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik.
Except Justice Wahhab, the four other judges of the bench awarded Quader Molla death sentence. The judge awarded the war criminal life-term for the crimes against humanity he had committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
Source: Dhaka Tribune