Shohid Abdul Kader Mollah was hanged based on contradictory testimony of a single witness. His last letter to his wife details his innocence.
The evidence on which the country’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) convicted Mr Mollah was flimsy. It was based on the testimony of a single witness, Momeena Begum, who was 13 at the time and was apparently hiding under a bed nearby. She gave 3 contradictory staements at 3 different times. Her first statement is more credible which was given to the researchers of Mukit Juddo museum in Mir Pur and this can be colloborated by anyone going there to look at the written statement. She testified to reseracher on 28 September 2007 working for sector commander forum, who were collecting evidence for war crimes during the 1971 war of liberation. She said that she had gone to her in-laws two days before the murder of her family, in that statement she never mentioned the name of Abdul Kader Mollah, but only said that Biharis killed her family. This statement was given long before Abdul Kader Mollah was arrested or any mention of his name related to war crimes was ever published.
Her 2nd statement was given to the government investigators after Abdul Kader Mollah was arrested after 2008, so there was no fear of any reprisal from Kader Mollah. In that statement she had said that her family were killed by Biharis assisted by Pakistani soldiers. There was no direct mention of the accused by his full name Abdul Kader Mollah.
However, her 3rd statement given to the ICT on 17 July 2012, contradicted the previous two statements. She was ushered in to the court wearing full burka and Niqab, so the public and the journalists did not have a chance to see her face other than the courts judges, prosecution and defense. She said to court that when the killing of her family took place, she was apparently hiding under a bed, and she saw Abdul Kader Mollah killing her parents, raping her sister and then her self. The defense at that time produced a copy of her original statement made to Mukti Juddo museum in 2007, and handed this to the judges, but the presiding judge told the defense that they will consider this statement during their verdict. But this was never taken in to consideration. The question is, there was only one crime, but three different statements from a 13 year girl, for a crime that had been committed 42 years ago. What statement of her should we believe? Later, the defense was shown a picture of Momeena Begum held in Mukti Judo museum by the family, to their surprise, they could not believe that Momena Begum, who gave the statement in the court, did not match in resemblance with the Momena in the picture. The family then strongly protested about this new evidence and had demanded that this should be collaborated with the courts video recordings of Momena, but this was ignored by the government, and they hurriedly hanged Kader Mollah without accepting a review petition. Before his death, Shohid Abdul Kader Mollah wrote a letter to his wife, the following is a translation of his letter in English as close as possible.
Shaheed Abdul Quader Mullah’s last letter from jail to his wife: [Page 1] Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Dearest life-partner Peyari
Assalamu alikum wa rahmatullah.
After the full verdict has been published today, it is very likely that, tomorrow night or tomorrow after the order reaches the jail gate, I might be taken to the condemn cell. This is the rule. Probably this is the last moment of the government. Hence, at the last moment they might proceed hurriedly to commit this heinous act. I suspect that they will not accept the review petition. Even if they accept it, there is no possibility, from the worldly point of view, to change their verdict. It is a different matter if Almighty Allah himself intervenes against the conspiracy of implementing this verdict. But, according to the eternal law, Allah does not do like that (intervene) all the time. [Page 2] The unbelievers killed unjustly even many of the prophets. Many honourable companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), even female companions, were murdered barbarically. In exchange of those martyrdoms, Indeed Allah has utilized those [sacrifices] in the way of making the truth and Islam victorious. There is no way to know what Allah might [ultimately] do in my case. Yesterday, the foreign secretary of India, Sujota Singh, not only encouraged the Awamileague, but also pressurized Hussain Muhammad Ershad. She even warned him about the possibility of Jamaat-Shibir coming into the power. This shows that the phobia and the hatred towards Jamaat-Shibir have spread within every blood-cells of India. I have been saying it from the beginning that, [Page 3] whatever actions are being taken against us, all of these have been designed by India. The Awamileague cannot back away from it even if it wants to. Because this time they [the Awamileague] came into the power only by surrendering to India. There are many people talking about principles and ethics. The way all of Jamaat including me were framed and the way almost all of the press in our country have assisted the government in its unjust actions, then what is the point of [talking about] principles and ethics by the government? While the judiciary/trial itself has taken the role of the hangman and has become intoxicated with a desire to kill innocent people, it is not right in any way to expect the natural fair trial and justice from them. I only have one regret- I am not able to explain it to the nation of the [unjust] way we, especially I, have been given the death penalty. [Page 4] It is not entirely possible as the whole media is hostile towards us. But the nation and the just people of the world will definitely know the [truth]; and my death will be a cause for the downfall of this oppressive regime; and the Islamic movement will advance a long way [because of this injustice], InshaAllah. Yesterday I read again from verse 17 to verse 24 of Surah At Tawbah. In verse 19, it is mentioned that the fighting [jihad] in the cause of Allah with one’s life and wealth is far more superior in rewards than serving the house of Allah [Ka’ba] and giving drinks to the pilgrims. This means that, Allah himself mentioned about the far higher status near to Allah for those giving their lives in the cause of Allah [Jihad] in order to establish a just society of Islam, fighting against injustice, than those who die naturally. If Allah himself wants to place me in such an honourable position in Jannah/paradise then [Page 5] I should be ready to embrace such a death. Because dying unjustly in the hands of the oppressors is a ‘confirm ticket’ to the Jannah/paradise. Probably in 1966, the tyrant ruler of Egypt, Colonel Nasser, put to death Saiyed Qutub, Dr Abdul Quader Awdah and many others. I have listened to many lectures titled such as ‘Trials/Tribulations in the way of Islamic Movement’. More than once after such lectures, Professor Gulam Azam used to say by touching my neck with his left hand that, the rope of gallows might fall onto this neck too! My hands also went near to the neck [thinking about it]. If this time Allah truly implements his decision as a mean to advance the Islamic movement, and [raise in honour] myself further, and as a cause for the downfall of the oppressive regime, then what is the loss in that? While speaking about the high status for the martyrs, [Page 6] the Holy Prophet [PBUH] expressed his desire to ‘come back to life repetitively in order to die as a martyr again and again’. Those who die as martyrs will also express their desire in the Jannah/paradise for coming back to life and dying again as martyrs. The word of Allah is indeed the truth. The word of the Holy Prophet [PBUH] is indeed the truth. There is no Imaan/faith if one doubts in them. If they [the government] do implement their decision [to hang me] then they may not allow for my funeral to take place in Dhaka. If possible then try to arrange for my funeral at my village mosque and my house. If the people living at the other side of the Padma [river] want to attend the funeral then they should come to the area near my house. They must be informed about that. [Page 7] I have already told you about the grave; it should be at my mother’s feet. There must not be any expensive/wasteful function or any innovative practices like walling the grave. Give donations to orphanage as much as possible. Take care of those families suffering losses while involved in the Islamic movement, especially those martyred during protests against my arrest and verdict. Give priorities to those families suffering any hardships. Arrange for the marriage of Hasan Moudud soon after finishing the studies. Same goes for Nazneen. [Page 8] Peyari, O Peyari, I have not been able to fulfil many rights of you and of the children. Please forgive me with the intention of getting rewards from Allah. I pray especially for you that, Allah arrange for your meeting with me again soon after you will have completed your duties towards the children and the religion of Allah. Now you pray so that, Allah takes away all love, [feelings] and attractions for this world from my mind, and instead fill my whole heart only with the love for Allah and His Prophet (PBUH). InshaAllah, see you again on the steps of Jannah/paradise. Always advise the children for lawful earnings. All of you be careful about the Fard and Wajib duties, especially about the prayers. Give same counsel to the relatives as well. Give condolence/comfort to my father if he is still alive until then.
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