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[December 11, 2013]

Bangladesh JI leader's execution stayed by court

(Daily Pakistan Today Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Bangladesh Supreme Court conducted the hearing of Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Abdul Quader Molla's case on Wednesday as his lawyers tried to convince the bench to cancel the death sentence of Molla which could otherwise lead to political violence across Bangladesh which is set for national elections in January 2014. The hearing was adjourned till Thursday.

The JI has issued a warning statement of ''dire consequences'' if Molla is executed.

A number of mobile phone subscribers across Bangladesh had also received an SMS from an unknown number that read that Molla's execution could lead to a civil war in the country. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission is in the process to determine the message sender.

On Tuesday, Bangladesh’s Supreme Court issued a stay order on Jamat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla’s execution, 90 minutes before his hanging for war crimes committed in the 1971’s war.

According to the defence lawyer Shishir Munir, the SC judge has stayed the hanging until 10.30am the next day (today).

Molla was to be hanged to death on Tuesday midnight on the SC orders in conviction of mass murder of 350 Bengalis and rape in the 1971 war of Bangladesh’s independence.

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