Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed, media reported.
A four-member bench of the apex court, presided over by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, confirmed the death penalty for the 67-year-old former commander of Al-Badr, the militia backed by Pakistan to crush the Bengali struggle for independence, bdnews24 reported.
This is the first time a politician, who has earlier served as a minister, is going to be executed for war crimes in Bangladesh.
Mujahid, the social welfare minister in Bangladesh National Party-Jamaat coalition cabinet, planned and executed mass murders including those of intellectuals, scientists, academics and journalists during the struggle for independence.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 in August 2013 awarded the death sentence to the Jamaat leader.
Mojaheed lodged his appeal with the Supreme Court on August 11 the same year, seeking acquittal from all the charges against him.
It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh's specified orbit slot "within 36 minutes" of the launch and two ground stations in Bangladesh received test signals from it, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.
Bangladesh launched its first satellite, “Bangabandhu-1”, on Saturday, becoming the 57th nation in the world and fourth in South Asia after India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to own a satellite.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted the communication satellite, named after the Bangladesh founder, early in the morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida, bdnews24 reported.
It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh’s specified orbit slot “within 36 minutes” of the launch and two ground stations in Bangladesh received test signals from it, said State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US.
The launch was telecast live in Bangladesh, with experts saying it will serve as a milestone in the telecommunication sector.
“The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world,” said Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message.
“The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector. With this launching, we’ve hoisted the Bangladesh flag in the space… entered a new era.”
She thanked the satellite building and launching company, the US and the French governments for their support. Hasina also praised Russia for renting its orbital slot to Bangladesh.
Experts said that the country’s first geostationary communication satellite will give extra space to the digitization process. It will help expand Internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage.
Once the satellite becomes active at its orbital slot, it will be reportedly controlled from three stations in the US, Italy and South Korea for about a month. Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.
In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14 billion taka ($180 million) loan agreement with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country’s first-ever satellite.