Bangladesh SC upholds death sentence for ex-HuJI leader

Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of banned Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami’s former leader and two of his accomplices on Sunday for a grenade attack in 2004 on Britain’s former envoy in Dhaka.

HuJI leader Mufti Hannan lost the legal battle to save himself from the charges of an attempt on life of then British High Commissioner, Anwar Choudhury. An Appellate Division bench led by the Chief Justice scrapped petitions by Hannan and two others for a review of the verdict.

Mr. Choudhury was injured along with nearly 40 employees of the Sylhet district administration. In December 2008, a Sylhet court ordered death sentence for the three.