Kamaruzzaman's review petition hearing April 1

Kamaruzzaman’s review petition hearing April 1


Hearings on the review petition filed against the death penalty for war crimes awarded to Jamaat assistant secretary general Kamaruzzaman will start on Apr 1.
The full bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice SK Sinha fixed the date on Monday.Others in the four-member bench are Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state during Monday’s hearing while Moulavi Wahedullah stood for Kamaruzzaman.
Wahedullah told the court that the chief defence counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain could not attend the hearing due to personal reasons and sought four weeks time.
The attorney general said that there were lawyers representing the defendant other than Hossain, who are able to attend the hearing.
The court granted the defence’s plea for time and set Apr 1 for hearing the review petition.
In May, 2013, Kamaruzzaman was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 after it found him guilty of charges of war crimes levelled against him by the prosecution.
The Appellate Division upheld the death sentence.
Three of judges of the International Crimes Tribunal-2 had signed his death warrant on Feb 19 this year after the Supreme Court published the full verdict. The warrant was then read out to Kamaruzzaman in prison.
As per the law, he was entitled to filing a review against the Supreme Court decision within 15 days of the publication of the full verdict.
On Mar 5, a review petition was filed after Kamaruzzaman’s lawyers who met him in prison on the previous day.
“One of the justices held different views in the verdict and our review plea will follow his points,” Kamaruzzaman’s lawyer Tajul Islam told reporters. – News Desk


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