Dhaka – The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Tuesday night issued a death warrant for condemned Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
“Three judges of the ICT signed the death warrant around 9:05pm. The death warrant will reach the jail authorities by an hour,” said ICT registrar Shahidul Alam Jhinuk.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict upholding the death penalty of Jamaat leader Nizami.
Later, a copy of the Appellate Division’s full verdict was sent to the registrar office of the International Crimes Tribunal in the evening.
Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana wrote the 153-page verdict and other Judges, including Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, signed it, said SC additional registrar Arunav Chakraborty.
Talking to reporters at his office, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the verdict will be executed following further steps.
He said the defence will get 15 days for filing a review petition and if the review plea is rejected, they can seek mercy to the President.
Meanwhile, defence lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain said they will file a review petition for commuting the punishment.
On January 6 last, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, upheld the death sentence of the Jamaat Ameer for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
The Appellate Division upheld the International Crimes Tribunal-1 order that sentenced Nizami to death for committing crimes against humanity, including genocide and murder of intellectuals, during the war.
The apex court upheld his death penalty for three of the four counts of charges while he was acquitted for the rest one.
The SC upheld his life term imprisonment for two charges, out of four in connection with the arrest, detention, torture, and murder of three people, including head Maulana Kasim Uddin of Pabna Zila School on June 4, 1971, complicity in torture, murder and rape at Mohammadpur Physical Training Institute in Dhaka, and murder of Badi, Rumi Jewel and Azad at Old MP Hostel in Dhaka on August 30, 1971.
The Appellate Division acquitted the Jamaat leader of two other charges.
On October 29, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Nizami to death for committing crimes against humanity, including genocide and the murder of intellectuals, during the Liberation War.
The tribunal sentenced Nizami, the 1971 commander-in-chief of Al Badr, a secret killing squad of Jamaate-e-Islami, the capital punishment each on four counts of charges of war crimes, terming Al Badr a criminal outfit.
Nizami filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on November 23, 2014 challenging the death sentence and claimed himself innocent and sought to be cleared of the charges. – UNB