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Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

Death penalty for Nigerian soldiers

A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants. The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August. A lawyer for the soldiers said the 54 would face a...

Nawaz lifts moratorium on death penalty after Peshawar attack

Nawaz lifts moratorium on death penalty after Peshawar attack

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today approved the removal of moratorium on death penalty after the carnage in Peshawar killed 141 people. Addressing an All Parties Conference (APC) in Peshawar, the premier announced that the moratorium on death penalty, which was imposed under international pressure, has been lifted. “The prime minister has abolished the moratorium on...

SC hearing on Mojaheed appeal starts Jan 14

SC hearing on Mojaheed appeal starts Jan 14

The Supreme Court today fixed January 14 next year for starting hearing the appeal filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed challenging his death sentence for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed the date as the appeal was enlisted in the cause list of the court today. The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on July 17 last year found the Jamaat secretary general guilty of five, out of seven charges, brought against him. The tribunal sentenced him to death on three charges, jailed him for life in one and sentenced him...

Mir Quasem appeals against death penalty

Convicted war criminal and Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali has challenged his death penalty awarded by the International War Crimes Tribunal-2. Mir Quasem yesterday submitted a 150-page appeal before the Supreme Court, seeking his acquittal of all the 10 charges on which he was found guilty. He also attached 1,600 pages of documents with the appeal. In the petition, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader mentioned 181 “reasons” why the apex court should consider acquitting him of all war crime charges. On November 2, the...

Prosecution happy with Mobarak verdict

Prosecution happy with Mobarak verdict

The prosecution expressed satisfaction over the capital punishment awarded to Mobarak Hossain, an Awami League leader of Brahmanbaria, for his crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War. The International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down death sentence to Mobarak for gunning down 33 people on the west bank of Ganga Sagar Dighi in Brahmanbaria...

Kazi Aref Killing

SC upholds death penalty for two

SC upholds death penalty for two

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death penalty for two persons, clearing the way for their execution in a case filed for killing Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president Kazi Aref Ahmed and four others in 1999. The Appellate Division of the SC passed the order after dismissing two review petitions filed by the condemned convicts -- Rashedul Islam alias Jhantu and Anwar Hossain alias Anwar -- challenging its verdict that had sentenced them to death in the case in 2012. On February 16, 1999, an armed gang killed Kazi Aref, Kushtia district unit JSD president Lokman Hossain and its general secretary Yakub Ali, and local JSD leaders Shamsher Ali and Israil...

Hard to catch

Hard to catch

Khokon Razakar, handed down death penalty for war crimes in 1971, seems far off walking the gallows, as he remains holed up abroad. Although a prosecutor and an investigator claimed to have seen him in Sweden last year, the government said they do not have specific information on the whereabouts of the 70-year-old BNP...

Security not an issue for them now

Defence counsels went to Dhaka Central Jail yesterday to meet death row war crimes convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, ignoring the “security issues” they had been citing as reasons for their absence from the trial proceedings on hartal days.   In 2012 and last year, senior defence lawyers did not attend the two international crimes tribunals on hartal days, even after repeated assurances from the courts that they would be provided with necessary protection.  On several occasions, the tribunals imposed fines on them but...

‘Govt won’t hesitate to execute Kamaruzzaman’s death penalty’

‘Govt won’t hesitate to execute Kamaruzzaman’s death penalty’

The government would not hesitate to execute death sentence of war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman despite a call by United Nations human rights experts to halt the execution, the law minister has said. “The highest court of the country has sentenced Muhammad Kamaruzzaman to death for his war crimes, maintaining all legal procedures. We are a sovereign nation, and therefore, the government will do what is needful to implement its verdict,” Anisul Huq told The Daily Star today. Anisul said Kamaruzzaman will be given seven days for seeking presidential mercy since hearing the verdict, as per relevant rules. “If he does not seek presidential clemency by that time, the government will take necessary...

Lawyers meet Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka jail

Lawyers meet Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka jail

Counsels for death row convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman met the Jamaat-e-Islami leader at Dhaka Central Jail this morning. Four defence lawyers entered the jail and visited the Jamaat-e-Islami leader. They spent 45 minutes with Kamaruzzaman from 10:15am. After visiting the Jamaat leader, Shishir told the Daily Star that the jail authorities did not inform his client...

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