AI urges Bangladesh to put moratorium on death sentenceNew Age Online
Amnesty International, The London-based global rights body on Tuesday said Bangladesh should immediately commute the death sentence of Abdul Quader Mollah.
The AI came up with the remarks after the Supreme Court increased his sentence from life imprisonment to death, following an appeal by the government.
‘We are very concerned about the Supreme Court’s ruling and the apparent relentless effort by the government to ensure that Mollah could be put to death,’ said Abbas Faiz, AI’s Bangladesh Researcher.
‘We urge Bangladeshi authorities to commute his death sentence, and to impose a moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolishing the death penalty,’ he added.
Mollah, a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, was first sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity by the International Crimes Tribunal in February 5, 2013.
On September 17, the death sentence was handed down by the apex court in the country, giving Mollah no chance to appeal.
‘Imposing a death sentence without the right of judicial appeal defies human rights law. There is no question that the victims of Bangladesh’s independence war deserve justice, but one human rights violation does not cancel out another,’ said Faiz.
‘Executions are a symptom of a culture of violence rather than a solution to it,’ he said.
Source: AI release
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