SC wants concise statements Nov 5
The Supreme Court yesterday directed the counsels for both the state and convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam to submit before it on November 5 the concise statements on their appeals against his verdict.
A concise statement contains the background of a case and the particular points of arguments placed before the court so that its judges can understand the arguments quickly.
A five-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the order.
On July 15, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced 91-year-old former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam to 90 years in prison for masterminding crimes against humanity, genocide, and other offences during the Liberation War.
Ghulam filed an appeal with the SC on August 5 seeking an overturn of his conviction and the 90-year jail sentence he received.
The government also filed another appeal with the SC on August 12 seeking death penalty for the convicted war criminal.
To submit a concise statement, Ghulam's chief counsel Barrister Abdur Razzaq yesterday prayed to the apex court to give them two more weeks after reopening of the court on November 23 following its 24-day vacation. But the SC did not give the time.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.