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Death Penalty

Death Penalty

Kamaruzzaman files review petition

Condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court, seeking a review of its verdict that upheld his death penalty for committing crimes against humanity in 1971. Hours after filing of the review petition, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam moved a petition on behalf of the government before the SC chamber judge for fixing a date for hearing the review petition. Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, chamber judge of the Appellate Division, fixed Sunday for passing an order on...

Kamaruzzaman files review petition

Kamaruzzaman files review petition

Condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman filed a review petition with the Supreme Court today, the last day of lodging the petition against its verdict that upheld his death penalty for his crimes against humanity in 1971. In his 45-page petition, Kamaruzzaman prayed to the apex court to scrap his conviction and acquit him of charges, his counsel Shishir Manir told to The Daily Star. Kamaruzzaman mentioned 44 grounds in the petition on which the SC may consider his prayer for acquittal, the lawyer said. But Manir refused to disclose the grounds as the petition is pending with the court. The court will now fix a date for hearing the review petition, he...

Death warrant read out to Kamaruzzaman

Death warrant read out to Kamaruzzaman

The prison authorities read out the death warrant to condemned war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman this afternoon. “I have read out the death warrant to Kamaruzzaman around 2:30pm while he wanted to talk to his lawyers for next legal steps,” said Farman Ali, Senior Jail Supper at the Dhaka Central Jail. Earlier in the day, a...

Jamaat to arrange doa mahfil Friday

Jamaat to arrange doa mahfil Friday

Jamaat-e-Islami will arrange doa mahfil across the country on Friday praying for the release of all its leaders and activists including Abdus Subhan, who has been awarded death penalty for war crimes. This is for the first time, Jamaat, a key partner in the BNP-led 20-party alliance, refrained from calling hartal following announcement of...

War Crimes Trial Of Kamaruzzaman

Full SC verdict likely this week

Full SC verdict likely this week

The full text of the Supreme Court judgment upholding the death penalty for war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman is likely to be released any day this week. It will clear the way for the Jamaat assistant secretary general to seek a review of his capital punishment by the apex court. All the four SC judges, who had delivered the verdict on November 3 last year by a majority decision, have recently completed writing their parts of the judgment, an SC source said. The parts of the judgment will be compiled into a full verdict and then the judges will affix their signs on it for its release. Talking to The Daily Star on Friday,...

JU STUDENT ZUBAIR KILLING

5 ex-BCL men get death

5 ex-BCL men get death

Five expelled activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League of Jahangirnagar University unit were sentenced to death and six others to life term imprisonment today for killing Zubair Ahmed, a student of the university, in 2012. Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 of Dhaka acquitted two other accused -- Mahamudul Hasan Masud of history department and Najmul Hossein Plabon of public administration -- of the charges as allegations brought against them were not proved. Zubair, an honours final year student of English department, was tortured and stabbed allegedly by some activists of BCL, pro-Awami League student body, on January 8, 2012. He died from his injuries in a Dhaka hospital...

Azhar appeals against death penalty

Azhar appeals against death penalty

Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam today challenged the death penalty awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. His lawyer submitted the 90-page appeal along with 2,250 pages of necessary documents with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. The 62-year-old...

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

Defence disappointed, says will appeal

The defence counsel appeared disappointed after a war crimes tribunal handed death to Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam today. “The tribunal gave Azharul Islam death on three counts based on the evidence presented by the prosecution,” said Tajul Islam, the spokesperson of the defence counsel. “But, it would have been appropriate if those...

Pakistan to hang 500 militants

Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said yesterday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following the school massacre. Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in Peshawar, reports AFP. "Interior ministry has finalised the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming...

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...

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