Awami League is respectful to the verdict of the special tribunal that sentenced former BNP minister Abdul Alim to imprisonment till death for committing wartime offences, a top leader of the ruling party said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, main opposition BNP said it would express its reaction later.
“People’s expectation was capital punishment for Alim. But the tribunal has sentenced him to jail for the rest of his life considering his health and age,” Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of the AL, told The Daily Star in his immediate reaction to the verdict of Alim.
International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced the 83-year old Alim to jail for the rest of his life for committing crimes against humanity and genocide during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
Nine out of 17 charges levelled against the three times lawmaker from the main opposition party, BNP, were proved beyond doubt.
“We are respectful to the verdict of the tribunal,” Hanif said adding that the prosecution would hopefully go to the higher court challenging the judgement after receiving its full text so that people’s desire comes true.
“We have no reaction at the moment. We would let you know our reaction after a discussion with top leaders of the party,” BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was quoted as saying by Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
Earlier, BNP denounced the death penalty awarded by the special tribunal against its standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury on October 1, terming it as ‘questionable’.
The verdict against Alim is the eighth by the International Crimes Tribunal since its establishment in March 2010, and the second against a leader of BNP.
Six senior leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, have also been sentenced to different terms by the tribunal and the BNP remained tight-lipped.