Lawyers at Kashimpur jail to meet condemned Quasem

11 Jun,2016


Gazipur, BdChronicle:

Lawyers of condemned war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali entered Kashimpur Central Jail on Saturday morning.

A 5-member team of lawyers, among them the convict’s son Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, entered the jail around 11:00am to meet Quasem, said Prosanto Kumar Banik, jail super of the central jail part-2.

Earlier on June 7, the prison authorities read out the death warrant to Mir Quasem Ali at the jail.

On June 6, the International Crimes Tribunal issued the death warrant for the Jamaat-e-Islami leader hours after the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty.

The jail super entered the condemned cell no-50 of the jail, where Quasem had been kept, around 7am with a copy of the death warrant and read out it to him.

Earlier, the death warrant reached the jail around 1am.

On the same day, the death warrant for Mir Quasem Ali reached the Dhaka Central Jail.

Earlier on the day, the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict upholding the death penalty of Mir Quasem Ali.

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.

The SC has so far released the full texts of its verdicts against seven war crimes convicts.

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 SK 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.

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