Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Monday released its judgement confirming capital punishment for a top Islamist leader for war crimes committed during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan, three months after it delivered the verdict upholding his death penalty.
The court verdict had paved the way for execution of Jamaat-e-Islami stalwart and media tycoon Mir Quasem Ali, dealing a major blow to the fundamentalist Islamist party.
“He (Ali) does not deserve any leniency on the question of sentence on consideration of the nature and gravity of the
offence,” read the apex court’s 244-page judgement.
The convicted Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali will file review petition after getting the certified copy of the full verdict of death sentence delivered by the Appellate Division.
The jail authorities, however, read out the verdict to Mir Quasem Ali last evening. Kasimpur Central Jail-2 Super, Prosanto Kumar Bonik, has confirmed this to Surjobarta24.com.
Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Kashem, son of Mir Quasem Ali, said, ‘We will decide about filing the review petition in this regard soon after getting the copy of the full verdict.”We will meet with Mir Kashem Ali in the jail within next two days,’ he added.
Earlier the Supreme Court (SC) has published its full verdict that upheld death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali for war crimes. The 244-page verdict has been published on the website of the SC after the judges including the chief justice signed it on Monday noon, said Additional SC Registrar Sabbir Fayez.
Earlier on March 8, a five-member Appellate Division bench of the SC led by Chief Justice SK Sinha upheld the war tribunal’s death sentence awarded to the Jamaat leader.
On November 2, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 awarded death penalty to the Jamaat moneyman for his crimes against humanity in Chittagong during the 1971 Liberation War. On November 30, 2014, the defence lawyers of the war criminal appealed in the apex court challenging the verdict and sought acquittal.