Human Rights Watch urges to suspend Hannan execution

MNA Editorial Desk: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked Bangladesh to immediately suspend execution of three men convicted of a 2004 grenade attack on the British high commissioner to Bangladesh.

The HRW made the call in a statement on Tuesday as HuJi leader Mufti Abdul Hannan and two activists in the group – Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon – are awaiting execution if their appeal for presidential clemency is rejected.

“Criminals need to be punished, but Bangladesh is moving in the wrong direction by invoking the death penalty,” said HRW Asia director Brad Adams.

“Bangladesh should instead initiate an immediate moratorium on capital punishment because it is inherently cruel and irreversible, and should never be used, regardless of the crime.”

The HRW claimed that the evidence against the three men is “primarily based on their confessions, statements that magistrates say were freely given in front of them but that the men have said were forcibly extracted through torture in police custody”.

The rights group said it has previously documented numerous cases of torture to coerce confessions, and due process violations in the Bangladesh criminal justice system that have made it difficult for defendants to receive a fair trial, including in capital cases.

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