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SC releases Mir Quasem’s full verdict

06 Jun,2016

 

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The Supreme Court on Monday released the full text of its verdict upholding the death penalty of war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali for the crimes against humanity he committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

The copy of the 244-page full verdict was released after singing of all five members of the Appellate Division bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

A copy of the verdict will be sent to the International Crimes Tribunal registrar’s office in the afternoon.

Earlier on March 08, the Appellate Division upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Sinha, came up with the verdict, after allowing in part the appeal filed by the Jamaat leader challenging the tribunal's death sentence.

The other members of the bench were Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Mohammad Bazlur Rahman.

On February 24, after concluding the hearing, the apex court had fixed March 8 for pronouncement of its verdict on the appeal filed by Mir Quasem Ali against the death sentence.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 in a verdict had sentenced Mir Quasem Ali, Al-Badr chief in the port city of Chittagong in 1971, to death on November 2, 2014.

On November 30, 2014, Mir Quasem filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty.

Among the total 14 charges brought against Mir Quasem for war crimes, the tribunal convicted him on 10 charges and acquitted him from four.

The Appellate Division started hearing the appeal on February 9, 2016.

Top Jamaat-e-Islami financier Quasem, now 64, was president of the Chittagong town unit of the Islami Chhatra Sangha, student wing of Jamaat, till November 6, 1971.

He was then made general secretary of the East Pakistan Chhatra Sangha.

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