Prison officials in Bangladesh say five Islamic militants on death row have written to President Iajuddin Ahmed, asking for mercy.
Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the leader of the outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, and his deputy, Siddiqul Islam were among those sentenced to death last May for the murder of two judges in November of 2005.
Authorities say the group was also behind a wave of bombings aimed at forcing the introduction of Sharia law in secular but predominately Muslim Bangladesh.
The Supreme Court has upheld their sentences, and legal experts say they can be saved only by clemency from the president. If their appeals are rejected, they could be hanged by the middle of February.