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Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Nizami appeals to SC against death penalty

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. In his appeal filed with the Supreme Court, Nizami claimed himself innocent and sought acquittal on the eight charges he was found guilty. International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 29 handed him the death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals. The 71-year-old was also awarded life imprisonment on the other four charges. Citing from the appeal, Shishir Manir, a lawyer...

Nizami appeals against war trial verdict

Nizami appeals against war trial verdict

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami today challenged the death penalty awarded him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. In his petition filed with the Supreme Court, Nizami claimed himself innocent and sought acquittal on all the eight charges for which he has been found guilty. International...

NIZAMI DEATH PENALTY

Dhaka protests Pak home minister’s comment

Dhaka protests Pak home minister’s comment

The foreign ministry today summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh and strongly protested a recent statement of its home minister on death sentence of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami. Additional Foreign Secretary Mizanur Rahman also handed Ahmed Hussain Dayo a protest note in which the government termed the statement of Chaudhry...

Hartal progresses in Dhaka amid vandalism, blasts

Hartal progresses in Dhaka amid vandalism, blasts

The activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, blasted several crude bombs and vandalised five shops and four vehicles in Mohammadpur and Mirpur areas of Dhaka during the second bout of its countrywide hartal today. A man was detained from Mirpur area on charge of crude bomb blast but none was...

Death for Quasem

Death for Quasem

A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to Mir Quasem Ali, infamous for leading Al-Badr force in torturing freedom fighters at a hotel in Chittagong, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. Ten out of 14 charges have been proved against the 62-year-old, International Crimes Tribunal-2 announced...

News Analysis

A saga of disgrace

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 deserves kudos for strongly denouncing the appointment of anti-liberation leader Motiur Rahman Nizami as a minister by the then BNP-led government in 2001. The appointment was a great blunder; said the court, a clear slap in the face for the Liberation War as well as three million martyrs and two lakh women who sacrificed their chastities for the liberation of Bangladesh. BNP chief Khaleda Zia, the then premier, had inducted Nizami into her cabinet and gave him...

Editorial

Nizami brought to justice

WITH the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami to death, another top leader of the party gets his comeuppance. He adds to the list of five other infamously high-profile convicts marking an advanced stage in the long-awaited trial process as a whole. Nizami has been found guilty in 8 of the 16 charges leveled against him after 22-month-long trial proceedings marked by hurdles. Those included tribunal reconstitution, rehearing of the closing arguments and deferment of verdict by...

A slap in face for Liberation War

War crimes convict Motiur Rahman Nizami's appointment as a minister by the BNP-led government was a slap in the face for our Liberation War, as well as for the martyrs and the women who were violated and brutally murdered during the war. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 made this observation while delivering its verdict on Nizami yesterday. “This shameful act [appointing Nizami as a minister] was disgraceful for the nation as a whole,” said Justice M Enayetur Rahim who headed the tribunal. Hailing...

Nizami Verdict

Prosecution elated; defence terms it unjust

The prosecution termed yesterday's verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami as their success while the defence called it unjust and said they would appeal against it in the Supreme Court. After the International Crimes Tribunal-1 pronounced Nizami guilty of war crimes and handed down the capital punishment on four charges, Prosecutor Mohammad Ali told journalists outside the court that they had proved beyond doubt eight of the 16 charges brought against him, which led to such a judgment. Another prosecution...

Operated like Gestapo

Operated like Gestapo

Few of them returned home. Many of their bodies could not even be traced. Most of the corpses that were found at different killing sites in Dhaka were mutilated beyond recognition. They were among the brightest sons and daughters of the soil -- all pro-liberation people including professors, journalists, litterateurs and doctors. They were massacred...

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