October 08, 2018
The only option remaining for Saif ul Islam Mamun is a presidential pardon
Bangladesh police in Dhaka on May 16, 2018. AFP
By Haroon Janjua
The Bangladesh Supreme Court in Dhaka has approved the execution of the man charged with the 2012 killing of Saudi diplomat Khalaf Al Ali.
Saif ul Islam Mamun, the main perpetrator in the murder, filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against his death sentence after the court had upheld the ruling in November last year, as well as the life sentences of three others convicted in the murder.
In 2013, the High Court gave the verdict of Mamun’s death sentence and the life imprisonment of Rafiqul Islam, Mohammad Al Amin and Akbar Ali Lalu for their involvement in the killing of the Saudi diplomat.
On Monday, a four-member bench of the top court headed by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain announced the verdict for Mamun, who is now in prison.
The death row inmate is now only left with the option of presidential clemency if he is to avoid execution. If the president rejects his plea, the government will announce the date of his execution.
The country’s Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said: “Now, there is no bar towards executing the verdict against convict Saiful Islam Mamun”.
The Saudi diplomat had served for two years as head of citizens’ affairs and was living alone in his apartment and used to go on walks every night.
More than two million Bangladeshi workers are working in Saudi Arabia, which is a key ally of the South Asian country and a major donor.
In October 2011, Saudi Arabia executed eight Bangladeshi workers in public for alleged involvement in armed robbery, Dhaka and the United Nations criticised the beheading.