Bangladesh court upholds death penalty for top Islamist
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's highest court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist leader convicted of war crimes, just two days after he was given a dramatic last-minute reprieve from execution.
The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain "dismissed" Abdul Quader Molla's appeal for a final review of his death sentence, meaning he could now be hanged as early as midnight Thursday.
"There is now no legal bar to execute him," Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said in the court, amid applause by pro-government lawyers.
On Tuesday night a judge stayed the hanging of Molla, just 90 minutes before his scheduled execution at a jail in Dhaka, amid a global outcry over the fairness of his and other trials held for alleged war crimes.