After an exhaustive process of trial, the War Crimes Tribunal convicted Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to death sentence. And now on hearing his appeal and adjudicating on it, the Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty of the war criminal. He is going to be the first BNP leader to walk to the gallows for crimes against humanity and genocide perpetrated during the 1971 Liberation War. The judgment was greeted with much relief by the freedom fighters, families of the victims and the people of Raozan.
The verdict rejects the BNP leader's plea for reviewing the sentence. The top court's verdict upheld the death penalty awarded by the War Crimes Tribunal in four charges, 20-year prison sentence for two charges and five-year prison terms for two charges. SQ Chy was, however, acquitted of the charge of murdering Satish Chandra Palit, for which the tribunal had given him a 20-year prison term.
Clearly, through the long arm of law he has got his comeuppance. This verdict marks another headway in bringing to justice the perpetrators of crimes against humanity. Now the nation awaits the expeditious completion of the process culminating in the execution of the verdict.