Top terror Joseph’s plea for commuting sentence in law ministry

29 June,2016

RTNN News Desk: JosephThe home ministry on Tuesday sent the appeal of listed top terror Tofail Ahmed Joseph for commuting his life sentence to the law ministry for its opinion.

Officials in jail said Joseph’s mother Renuja Begum applied by letter on 7 June to commute Joseph’s sentence.

Renuja claimed in her application that her son is suffering the sentence “unfairly.”

An official at the home ministry confirmed that the ministry sent the letter to the law ministry and the letter will be sent to the prime minister if the law ministry gives a positive response.

 

When contacted, the home minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, told the media that the ministry will send the letter to the president on approval of the prime minister, after taking opinions from the law ministry.

“Anyone can plead for mercy from the state. We will send the mercy petition to the president following necessary rules. The Constitution of the Republic gives the president the authority to show mercy. He will take the decision in this regard,” said the home minister.

Asked under which circumstances the law ministry gives its opinion on the issue of commuting sentence, the law minister, Anisul Huq said the ministry gives its opinions usually weighing all the pros and cons of a matter. “Joseph is ailing and suffering from cardiac complications,” the minister hastened to add.

An effort has been visible in the past two weeks to commute the life sentence for the top listed terrorist who was primarily awarded death penalty.

The High Court upheld the capital punishment given by a lower court but the Appellate Division commuted the death sentence to life term in December last year.

According to jail officials, top terrorist is scheduled to languish over 21 years in jail more and he will have to suffer another year in jail if declines to pay the fine.

Joseph, one of the top-listed terrorists of the 1990s, has been staying at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University's prison cell for the past 10 months.

According to prison officials, the 42-year-old convict has so far served 12 years and 17 days in prison and awarded with nine months and 14 days of remission of term.

The possible date of his release is on 24 January 2038 if he pays fine otherwise it will be on 24 January 20139.

Joseph shot businessman Mostafizur Rahman to death at Mohammadpur in the capital on 7 May 1996.

A Dhaka court on 25 April 2004 sentenced Joseph and another convict Masud Jamadar to death.

The other convicts, Kabil Sarkar, Haris Ahmed and Anis Ahmed were also sentenced to life term imprisonment for killing Mostafizur.

The High Court on 20 September 2007 upheld the death sentence of Joseph and life imprisonment of Kabil. The HC, however, acquitted Masud of the murder charge.

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