Lawyer challenges death penalty provision at Supreme Court

Advocate Ishrat Hasan challenged the death penalty on grounds that Bangladesh is a signatory to an international law banning capital punishment

Published : 7 Dec 2023, 04:33 PM
Updated : 7 Dec 2023, 04:33 PM

A legal challenge has been mounted at the High Court to strike off the provision of the death penalty in the Bangladesh’s Penal Code.

Advocate Ishrat Hasan brought a writ petition against capital punishment on Thursday.

The respondents to the petition include the secretary of the Law and Justice Division of the law ministry, the secretary of the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, and the registrar general of the Supreme Court.

Ishrat cited the abolishment of the death penalty in 112 countries and argued that it be declared unconstitutional in Bangladesh.

Many developed countries along with neighbouring countries like Bhutan and Nepal have abolished the penalty, Ishrat said, adding that Bangladesh was a signatory to an international law banning the death penalty.

Unsure about when the writ petition will be heard in court, he said: “The break starts in a few days, so I can’t tell whether it will be held in the meantime or in January.”

The Supreme Court is set to take a two-week break from Dec 19.