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SC asks to suspend execution of Shukur Ali’s death penalty

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:41 PM, 7 November 2021   Updated: 06:38 PM, 7 November 2021

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The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Sunday ordered to suspend the execution of death penalty of Shukur Ali, convicted in a child abduction, rape and murder case in Kushtia, as the full text of verdict was not released and he could not seek review. 

A five-member full bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order. 

The apex court asked Attorney General AM Amin Uddin to communicate its verbal order to the IG prisons and Kashimpur jail authorities.

The SC also asked Shukur Ali's lawyer Helal Uddin Mollah to submit an application before its chamber judge's court for necessary directives on this issue.

Earlier, lawyer Helal Uddin told the court that the jail authorities have recently taken initiative to execute Shukur Ali following an "advance order" of the court.

Shukur Ali could not seek review of the SC verdict as its full text was not released yet, he said.

The Appellate Division said it issued the advance order so that other three convicts, whose death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment in the same case, are shifted to normal cell of the jail from the condemned cell.

On August 18 this year, the Appellate Division affirmed the death penalty of Shukur Ali, and commuted death sentences of three others to life imprisonment in a case filed for abduction, rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl in Kushtia in 2004.

The top court also asked the jail authorities to shift the three convicts, whose death sentences were commuted, to normal cell. The three convicts are: Nuruddin Sentu, Azanur Rahman and Mamun Hossain.

Convict Shukur Ali has right to seek review of the apex court verdict and presidential mercy. If his mercy appeals are rejected, the jail authorities can executive his death sentence.

On the night on March 25, 2004, the 13-year-old  went to a neighbour's house to watch television. The convicts abducted her while she was returning home. They took her to a tobacco field, raped and killed her. 

The following day, her father filed a case with the Daulatpur Police Station in connection with the incident.

The Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Daman Tribunal of Kushtia on February 4, 2009 convicted and sentenced five accused - Shukur, Sentu, Azanur, Mamun and Kamrul to death in the case.

Then the convicts filed separate appeals with the HC, challenging the trial court verdict on them.

The HC in 2014 confirmed their capital punishment. Later on, the convicts filed appeals with the Appellate Division challenging the HC verdict.