HC seeks report on facilities for death row convicts in jail

Published : 31 Oct 2021, 18:13

Sahos Desk

The High Court (HC) today ordered the authorities concerned to submit a report in writing by November 14 on the facilities provided to 1,987 death row convicts in different jails across the country.

A High Court division bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after holding further hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

The court came up with the order as Advocate Mohammad Shishir Manir, who moved the writ before the court, informed about a report filed by Department of Prisons. Attorney General AM Amin Uddin argued for the state during the hearing.

"According to the report, currently there are 1,987 death row convicts in different jails across the country. Of these, 1,933 are male and the rest are female. On the other hand, there are 2,599 condemned cells in different prisons in the country," Advocate Manir added.

The Supreme Court lawyer on September 3 filed the writ, challenging the legality of the decision of keeping death row convicts in condemned cell before their cases are disposed of once and for all.

Advocate Manir filed the wit on behalf of three death row convicts, who have been kept in condemned cells in Chattogram, Sylhet and Cumilla Jails.

Source: BSS

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