Death warrant read out to Quasem
The prison authorities read out the death warrant to condemned war criminal Mir Quasem Ali at Kashimpur Central Jail-2 in Gazipur this morning.
The death warrant was read out to the Jamaat-e-Islami leader around 7:00am, Proshanto Kumar Banik, jail super of Kashimpur Jail-2, told The Daily Star.
The warrant reached at the jail around 1:00am today, our Gazipur correspondent reports quoting Banik.
Yesterday, the International Crimes Tribunal issued a death warrant for the Jamaat-e-Islami leader hours after the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty.
On November 2, 2014, the ICT-2 handed down capital punishment to 63-year-old Quasem, chief of Chittagong Al-Badr Bahini, for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Yesterday, the SC released the full text of its March 8 verdict that upheld the death penalty of Quasem, considered by many as chief financer of the anti-liberation Jamaat-e-Islami, leaving him with the only option of seeking review of the judgment.
So far five war criminals have been executed. All of them sought review of the SC verdict in their cases but all the petitions were rejected.
Quasem is the fifth Jamaat leader to have got the death penalty for playing a notorious role in 1971.
During the Liberation War, Quasem led several Al-Badr torture camps, including the one set up at Mahamaya Dalim Hotel in Anderkilla of Chittagong, where his cohorts would torture and kill freedom fighters and pro-liberation activists captured from across the city.
The ICT-2 sentenced him to death on two charges and different jail terms on eight other charges. He later challenged the verdict at the apex court.
On March 8 this year, the SC upheld his death penalty for one charge -- the brutal torture and killing of young freedom fighter Jasim.
His conviction and punishment on six other charges were upheld by the five-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.