The review petition of Jamaat leader Kamaruzzaman, a death row convict in war crimes case, is set to be heared on Monday. A four-member appeals bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha heard the matter on Sunday.
Khandaker Mahbub Hossain represented the Jamaat-e-Islami leader while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.Others in the four-member bench were Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury.
On Nov 3 last year, the same bench had upheld the war crimes tribunal’s verdict of death sentence for Kamaruzzaman.
Kamaruzzaman’s lawyers had met him at the Dhaka Central Jail on Saturday ahead of the hearing.
Mohammad Kamaruzzaman was sentenced to death in 2013 for committing atrocities on Bengalis during the 1971 Liberation War as did many other Jamaat-e-Islami activists at that time.
The war crimes tribunal issued a death warrant for him after the Appellate Division published the full verdict upholding the death penalty.
Kamaruzzaman appealed on Mar 5 for a review. Hearing on the plea had been deferred twice as the defence sought time before it was heard on Sunday.
If his review petition fails, Kamaruzzaman, now the Jamaat-e-Islami’s assistant secretary general, can file a mercy petition with President Md Abdul Hamid.- News Desk