Pardon for Kuwaiti death row inmates

The family of ‘Mohidul’, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Kuwait murdered by three fellow Bangladeshi émigrés, has agreed to pardon the convicts in exchange for Tk 2.1 million. The families of the deceased and the accused reached an agreement at a meeting in the office of Manikganj’s Singair Upazila Nirbahee Officer (UNO) on Thursday, additional deputy commissioner of Munshiganj Golam Sarwar told on Friday.

The move is likely to stop the Kuwait court, which had sentenced the trio to death, with a rider that they would be spared only if the victim’s family pardoned them.

The three convicts are Iqbal Dhali, 25, from Srinagar of Munshiganj; his brother Hridoy Dhali, 23; and one Ramjan from Homna in Comilla.

Mohidul, 45, son of Taher Ali from Singair, was murdered in Kuwait last year. His wife Anwara Begum had filed a case in Kuwait — a lower court passed death sentence on the three, and High Court upheld the verdict.

As part of their efforts for amnesty, the trio’s families met Mohidul’s daughter and siblings at Singair UNO’s office on Thursday.

Besides Munshiganj additional deputy commissioner Golam Sarwar, Manikganj additional deputy commissioner Nizam Uddin was also present at the meeting.

Sarwar said the Bangladesh government is trying to save the trio. “The process is underway and we hope to succeed with help from everyone,” he said.

Nurul Islam, an uncle of the Dhali brothers, told that Mohidul’s family would sign the papers for amnesty on Monday. “Before that, we will have to deposit the money to an account jointly opened by the Singair UNO and the upazila chairman,” he added.

Sarwar said the papers would be sent to the Kuwaiti court concerned.


In two similar incidents in the United Arab Emirates, families of two expatriates from Chittagong are trying to save them from being beheaded.

Shahab Uddin, from Chittagong’s Fatikchharhi, was found guilty of murdering a Bangladeshi in Dubai, and Mohammad Harunur Rashid, who comes Agrabad in the port city, was convicted for killing two Bangladeshis at Ras al-Khaimah.

Their sentences are set to be executed on Jan 30.

On Oct 7 last year, eight Bangladeshi migrants had been beheaded publicly in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh for the murder of an Egyptian man in April 2007.

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