The Supreme Court today fixed May 18 for starting hearing an appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty awarded to him for his wartime offences.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain set the date as the appeal came up in the hearing list of the apex court.
Kamaruzzaman’s lawyer Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain prayed to the court to defer the hearing on the appeal but the court fixed the date saying, “It will need much time for hearing the appeal”.
On May 9, International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Kamaruzzaman, one of the key organisers of the infamous Al Badr force, to death after finding him guilty of committing crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
Besides death penalty for two charges, the 62-year-old Jamaat leader was awarded life-term imprisonment in two cases and 10-year jail for the other offence.
Claiming himself innocent, the Jamaat assistant secretary general filed the appeal with the SC on June 6 last year seeking acquittal from all the five proven charges.