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Appellate Division

SC allows govt, war criminals to file review petition

APPELLATE DIVISION VERDICT

SC allows govt, war criminals to file review petition

The Supreme Court has allowed both the government and condemned war criminals to file review petitions against the Appellate Division verdicts 15 days into receiving its certified copy. The SC decision has erased the debate which was surfaced after war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah was executed on December 12 last year following its verdict. Exercising...

Wait until review petition disposal: Kamaruzzaman counsel

Wait until review petition disposal: Kamaruzzaman counsel

Saying that death-row war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman will seek review of his punishment, one of his counsels today expressed hope that the government would not execute him until disposal of the petition. Kamaruzzaman will file the petition after getting certified copy of the full verdict of the Supreme Court that upheld the death penalty awarded to him by the International Crime Tribunal-2, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said. “It will be illegal, if the government executes him before the SC releases its full verdict,” Hossain said while addressing a press conference at the SC Bar Association auditorium in Dhaka. The four-member bench of the Appellate Division has awarded Kamaruzzaman the capital punishment on charges...

No escape

No escape

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death penalty for Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. A war crimes tribunal awarded him the capital punishment a year and a half ago. The apex court verdict has paved the way for execution of the Jamaat leader, a key organiser of the infamous Al-Badr Bahini responsible for abducting, torturing and killing freedom fighters, intellectuals and pro-liberation people in 1971.  Kamaruzzaman, 62, got the death sentence for the mass killing at Sohagpur in Sherpur on July 25, 1971. The SC upheld his conviction on this charge unanimously, and his death penalty by a majority decision. The four-member SC bench headed by Justice...

Village of widows

Village of widows

As the morning dawned in remote Sohagpur village on July 25, 1971, Julekha Begum (not her real name) became busy in household chores. Suddenly, she heard a loud burst of gunfire from a nearby field. Little did she know that her peaceful village would soon be turned into a death valley. Within a few minutes,...

Whole week gone

Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced to enforce the third bout of hartal for tomorrow, aimed at wasting the only working day left this week, in protest against the Supreme Court's upholding the death penalty of its leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman. With this latest announcement of hartal, the exams of around 21 lakh students of schools and madrasas slated for tomorrow have met the same fate as the previous ones -- a further postponement. The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations...

Key man behind atrocities

Immediately after independence, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was arrested in Dhaka as a collaborator of the Pakistan army and was thrown into jail for several months. He, however, escaped trial due to unknown reasons. In the last four decades, the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general was successful not only in dodging trial but also in establishing himself as a national level leader of the party. He enjoyed a free life until July 2010 when he was arrested. Though families of martyrs and victims who...

WAR TRIAL

SC upholds Kamaruzzaman’s death

SC upholds Kamaruzzaman’s death

The Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty to war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge. A four-member SC bench headed by Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha delivered the verdict at 9:10am upholding the death of Kamaruzzaman for killing 164...

Review or not?

The Supreme Court is yet to make it clear whether a convicted war criminal has the right to seek a review of its verdict. A debate over the issue arose in December last year when the now executed war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah had filed two review petitions against the SC judgment in his case. The debate has cropped up again, as Delawar Hossain Sayedee, sentenced yesterday to imprisonment till death, has also decided to seek a review of the apex...

Kamaruzzaman's Case

SC resumes hearing plea against death penalty

After a recess for 40 days, the Supreme Court yesterday resumed hearing on the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman challenging the death penalty given to him for committing crimes against humanity during the liberation war. International Crimes Tribunal-2 on May 9 last year sentenced Kamaruzzaman, one of the key organisers of the infamous Al Badr force, to death for the crimes in 1971. The Jamaat leader filed the appeal with the SC on June 6 last year...

Ekramul Murder: SC asks Minar to surrender

Ekramul Murder: SC asks Minar to surrender

The Supreme Court today directed Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar, the prime accused in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque killing case, to surrender before the lower court concerned in Feni within two weeks. The chamber judge of the Appellate Division also stayed a High Court order that granted him bail in the case. Justice Hasan Foez Siddique passed the stay order upon a petition by the government. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star that Minar will have to surrender to the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate of Feni within two weeks in connection with murder case. If he does not surrender in two weeks, the chief judicial magistrate will issue an arrest...

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