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June 14, 2024, 4:44 am

Verdict on condemned cell of death row convicts: Govt will appeal

  • Update Time : Tuesday, May 14, 2024
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The government has decided to appeal against the verdict given by the High Court that no accused can be kept in ‘condem cell’ in prison before the death sentence is finalised. Attorney General AM Amin Uddin informed this information on Tuesday (May 14). He said that the state will appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court’s verdict.

 

Earlier on Monday (May 13), the High Court declared it illegal and illegal to keep the accused in the condemned cell before the finalization of the death sentence. Judge Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Md. issued a ruling on this issue. Bazlur Rahman’s High Court bench announced the verdict. The judgment was announced after a long three and a half hour.

The government has decided to appeal against the verdict given by the High Court that no accused can be kept in ‘condem cell’ in prison before the death sentence is finalised. Attorney General AM Amin Uddin informed this information on Tuesday (May 14). He said that the state will appeal to the Appellate Division against the High Court’s verdict.

The court said that if the death sentence of an accused is upheld even after the Appellate Division and review, and the presidential pardon is also rejected, then his death sentence should be deemed to be ‘final’. Jail authorities have been directed to gradually transfer those who are kept in condemned cells or solitary cells in prisons ‘before the finalization’ of their death sentences. And the High Court has fixed two years for this work. However, in special cases, the court held that a convict can be kept in a condom cell if he is suffering from any contagious disease that it is dangerous to keep him with others. However, in this case too, the condition of hearing the statement of the convict has been given.

 

On June 18, 2021, news was published in a national daily about the three accused in the condemned cell. Advocate Shishir Monir filed a writ petition on September 3 of that year adding that report. Those three prisoners are Zillur Rahman of Satkania who is in the condom cell of Chittagong Jail, Abdul Bashir of Sunamganj who is in Sylhet Jail and Shah Alam of Khagrachari who is in Comilla Jail.

Advocate Shishir Monir said, the High Court issued the ruling seeking to know why the detention of the accused in the condemned cell before the finalization of the death sentence should not be declared illegal and why Rule 980 of the Jail Code should not be declared unconstitutional. At the same time, the jail authorities were directed to submit a report within six months about the prisoners in the condemned cells. After the hearing on that rule, the verdict was announced on Monday.


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