Life imprisonment means jail until death: Appellate Division
Published: 10:55 AM, 1 December 2020 Updated: 03:46 PM, 1 December 2020
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on a review petition involving the dispute over the tenure of a convict's life term imprisonment. In its judgement, the Appellate Division said that life imprisonment means jail sentence until the natural death of the convict.
A seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain delivered the verdict on Tuesday.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Deputy Attorney General Bishwahit Debnath argued for the state in the virtual court while lawyers Khandker Mahbub Hossain and Mohammad Shishir Manir appeared for the petitioner.
Earlier on November 24, the same bench set today to deliver the verdict after concluding rehearing on the review petition filed by a convict, Ataur Mridha.
In 2001, a man named Zaman was shot to death in Savar. Later on October 15, 2003, a lower court sentenced two accused Ataur Mridha and Anwar Hossain to death in the murder case. The accused appealed against the verdict, and the High Court upheld the ruling. The accused again appealed to the Appellate Division against the judgment of the High Court.
On February 14, 2017, the apex court reduced the death sentence to life imprisonment and concurrently presented seven observations, including saying that life imprisonment equals imprisonment till death. Later, the accused submitted a review petition against that observation.
On April 11 last year, the court-appointed four amicus curiae to give their opinion on the tenure of life imprisonment. They are - Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, AF Hasan Arif, Advocate Abdur Rezak Khan, and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association AM Amin Uddin.