Chief government prosecutor in
the Bangabandhu murder case Advocate Anisul Huq on Wednesday said that there was no scope to
commute the death sentence of the killers of Bangabandhu and his family members
to life imprisonment in view of their involvement in the gruesome acts of killing.
On the other hand, defense
counsel Barrister Abdullah-al Mamun prayed to the court to reduce the death
sentence to life imprisonment to his clients and other convicts in the case
considering their incarceration for a long time.
Both prosecution and defence lawyers made these contradictory pleas
during the hearing on the appeal of the Bangabandhu murder case before the
five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Tafazzal Islam.
In his argument, Anisul Huq submitted
before the court that the mutineers' trial had already been completed in the
killing of late president Ziaur Rahman. But the trial of his ( Zia) murder
case, now pending with the trial court, is yet to
be completed , he added.
Citing rules, the chief
prosecutor replied that the killers had brutally killed Bangabandhu. They did
not even spare the life of his son Sheikh Russel, who was a ten years old boy
at that time. Besides, the killers mercilessly killed three innocent women and
one of them was pregnant. There was no scope to commute the their death
sentence to the life term as they had dastardly killed the innocent men and
women, he pleaded before the court.