Bangladesh court clears the way for execution of top Islamist
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's top court cleared the way on Thursday for the execution of a senior Islamist leader charged with war crimes, just two days after he was given a dramatic last-minute reprieve from hanging.
Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain "dismissed" Abdul Quader Molla's appeal for a final review of his death sentence, removing his last legal option against execution, which could now be carried out as early as midnight on Thursday.
Prison authorities said they were now "fully prepared" to execute Molla at one minute past midnight - all Bangladeshi hangings are carried out at 1801 GMT - but they would not confirm whether the execution would go ahead on Thursday.
The wife and children of Molla met the Jamaat-e-Islami leader at a jail in Dhaka for one last time.