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US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

The United States has reiterated its support for trials to bringing to justice those who committed atrocities in the 1971 Liberation War but reminded that the trials should be fair and transparent maintaining the international standards.  “We understand the importance of this process in closing a painful chapter in Bangladesh’s… Bangladeshi history,” said Jen...

Nizami’s death penalty won’t bring justice: Amnesty

Nizami’s death penalty won’t bring justice: Amnesty

Amnesty International has called for overturning the death penalty of war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami saying that the verdict will not bring justice to the millions of victims of the independence war. The statement came yesterday after former Al-Badr chief Nizami was found guilty in a special tribunal and sentenced to...

Defence terms verdict 'unjust'

Defence terms verdict 'unjust'

Expressing dissatisfaction over the verdict against war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami, the defence said it is an 'unjust' punishment. "Nizami did not get justice. It is most unhappy judgement, which is breach of justice. We must appeal against the verdict," said Tajul Islam, a counsel for defence. "We are very much aggrieved with verdict," he...

Govt to uphold death rule in Nizami’s appeal

Govt to uphold death rule in Nizami’s appeal

The government will take necessary legal steps to uphold the death penalty for war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami in the Appellate Division and execute the verdict as soon as possible, the law minister said today. “Now we (government) will try to get over with the appeal hearing quickly upholding the death verdict,” Anisul Huq told reporters at his Gulshan residence in the capital while giving his reaction to the media. "I am satisfied over the verdict personally and the government is also pleased with it. The verdict is acceptable," the minister said. Nizami has not only killed people during the country's 1971 Liberation War but also planned killing of many, including the...

He got off easy

“The family members of 30 lakh martyrs had been denied justice. He [Ghulam Azam] deserved death penalty for his involvement in genocide but the tribunal awarded him a 90-year imprisonment,” said the eminent war crimes researcher and campaigner.  “Due to the generosity of tribunal, the families of martyrs have been deprived of justice. Why did the tribunal show mercy to such a notorious killer? Did he ever show mercy to the martyrs? “If courts continue to show mercy, no war criminals...

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...

6 walk to gallows for killing Narayanganj trader

6 walk to gallows for killing Narayanganj trader

A Narayanganj court today sentenced six people to death and another to life term imprisonment for killing a businessman in Siddhirganj upazila in 2009. The condemned convicts were identified as Swapan, Nazmul, Masum, Aminul Islam, Sajjad Alam Dollar and Zakir Hossain. The lifer is identified as Sadia. According to the prosecution, the convicts picked up Rafique Bhuiyan from his house in Siddhirganj on June 3, 2009 as a sequel to previous enmity. Rafique’s body was recovered from a water body in the area on the following day. Later, victim’s brother Ratan Bhuiyan filed a case against the seven people. After examining the records and witnesses, Judge of Narayanganj Additional District and Session Judge’s Court-1 Mamunur...

HC upholds death penalty of 2 in Lalbagh 7-murder case

HC upholds death penalty of 2 in Lalbagh 7-murder case

The High Court today upheld a lower court verdict that had sentenced two people to death and 10 others to different terms of imprisonment for killing seven people in Lalbagh of the capital 20 years back. According to the case statement, some criminals allegedly led by a former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ward commissioner...

WAR CRIMES TRIAL

Nizami verdict postponed

Nizami verdict postponed

A special tribunal in Dhaka today postponed the pronouncement of verdict in a war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami due to his illness. The tribunal has decided to keep the case waiting for verdict again as it is not logical to pronounce the judgement in absence of Nizami, said Justice Enayetur Rahim, chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, which was scheduled to delivery the verdict today. Earlier in the morning, the jail authorities informed the tribunal’s registrar office through a letter that Nizami was sick, said AKM Nasiruddin Mahmud, registrar and spokesman for the international crimes tribunal. The chairman came up with the postponement order around 11:00am after the letter...

183 Brotherhood men awarded death penalty in Egypt

183 Brotherhood men awarded death penalty in Egypt

An Egyptian court has confirmed death sentences for 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters accused of a 2013 attack on a police station, lawyers say. A judge had recommended the death penalty for the 683 defendants, in a widely-criticised mass trial in April. Mohammed Badie, leader of the banned group, was among those whose sentences were upheld....

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