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IG Prisons: Majed’s execution any time after midnight

  • Published at 11:09 pm April 11th, 2020
Capt (retd) Abdul Majed-Bangabandhu’s killer Abdul Majed arrested
Police escort Capt (retd) Abdul Majed at a Dhaka court on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

After spending life as a fugitive for more than 20 years, Majed was arrested in Dhaka on Tuesday

Bangabandhu murder convict Abdul Majed will be executed any time after Saturday midnight, says the top prisons official.

“The death sentence will be executed any time after 12am,” Inspector General (prisons) AKM Mostafa Kamal Pasha said.

Earlier in the day, authorities at the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj finished all preparations for the execution of Majed. 

“Majed might be hanged tonight,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said earlier on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Majed wished to see his wife before execution as she did not visit him when Majed’s family met him on Friday night.

Majed’s wife told Dhaka Tribune she is now on her way to visit him.

After spending life as a fugitive for more than 20 years, Majed, a former Bangladesh Army captain who later served in different government positions, was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday in capital Dhaka. 

He was produced in the court, which sent him to jail the same day.

On August 15, 1975, Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.

After the Awami League assumed office in 1996, the ordinance was abrogated in November the same year, clearing the way for the killers to be brought to justice.

In 1998, a Dhaka sessions judge’s court found 15 people guilty and awarded the death penalty. In 2001, the High Court acquitted three but upheld the death sentences of 12.

In 2010, the Appellate Division upheld the verdict. The same year, five of the convicts -- Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, and Mohiuddin Ahmed -- were hanged.

Another convict Aziz Pasha died as a fugitive in Zimbabwe.

Majed was one of six absconding convicts along with Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, M Rashed Chowdhury, SHMB Noor Chowdhury and Risaldar Moslemuddin, until he was arrested on Tuesday.

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