MUMBAI: The family of 1993 Bombay blasts convict Yakub Memon, who is scheduled to be hanged on July 30, pleaded mercy on Saturday.
Yakub Memon’s wife Raheen Memon pleaded mercy on her husband saying that he had already spent 20 years of his life in prison.
“I just want to say to whoever concerned, the governor, Government of India, it has been a long time-more than 20 years, and Yakub has suffered and we as a family have also suffered a lot. And now we want that this death sentence to be commuted. Please have this much mercy on us,” said Raheen Memon.
“Yakub had surrendered. Please have mercy on us. We as well as Yakub, have faith in the Indian government, after Allah we trust them. We have faith in the Indian judiciary. Please have mercy and commute his death sentence,” she added.
Memon was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court and his hanging was scheduled to take place on his birthday, July 30.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had rejected his last-minute appeal and upheld his hanging for July 30.
Yakub Memon challenged the apex court’s order arguing that legal procedure was overlooked in awarding him death penalty saying that the special TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention)) court, which ordered him death warrant in 2007, did so before he could exhaust all his legal options.
Chief Justice of India on Friday constituted a three-member special bench to hear Yakub Memon’s plea seeking a stay on the Supreme Court order.
The Supreme Court will now hear the matter on Monday.