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Bangladesh SC upholds top Jamaat leader’s death sentence, first minister ever to be executed

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Bangladesh_Supreme_CourtBangladesh’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.

– (IANS)

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Mobile Phone Users in Bangladesh Cross 158 mn Mark

The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached nearly 156.989 million at the end of December 2018

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The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone users reached over 158 million at the end of February with the addition of 1.449 million new subscribers in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country’s telecom regulator showed on Monday.

According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) data, the number of subscribers in the country reached 158.438 million in February.

Bangladesh has now four mobile companies, three of whom including Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink are foreign-backed cellphone operators.

Bangladesh Map. Pixabay

The number of subscribers of the mobile operators, Grameenphone, Robi Axiata, Banglalink and Teletalk stood at 73.470 million, 47.025 million, 34.022 million and 3.921 million, respectively at the end of February, BTRC data showed.

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The total number of Bangladesh’s mobile phone subscribers reached nearly 156.989 million at the end of December 2018. (IANS)