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Bangladesh: President Must Stop Imminent Execution (UA 283/14)
Muhammed Kamaruzzaman, a prominent leader of the opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, is facing imminent execution after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition on 6 April. Authorities at the Dhaka Central Jail have summoned his family to visit him immediately, indicating that preparations to execute him may be underway.