Dhaka – Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday called a dawn-to-dusk hartal for Wednesday (March 9) protesting the Supreme Court judgment that upheld the death penalty of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali convicted for war crimes.
The verdict in the appeal case of Mir Quasem Ali followed an intense intra-party exchange of accusations about the stance of AL leaders about the Jamaat leader, and also straight allegations against the Chief Justice for allegedly talking in the language of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party for mentioning about procedural flaws in the trials.
The BNP which has by and large kept mum everytime judgements have been passed have been alleging that the trials were for silencing the opposition. The party has said it also wants trial of war crimes without discimination and by maintaining standard.
In the latest barrage of criticisms some ruling party leaders even went to the extent of demanding the removal of the chief justice from the Supreme Court appeal bench that heard the petition of the convict that was scheduled to give its verdict. They argued that from from remarks made during the hearing they believed that the Chief Justice was sympathetic to the line of thinking of the opposition BNP.
Law Minister Anisul Huq refrained from making any remark on the subjudice matter and observed that he had not been a ‘small-time lawyer. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam had urged the critics to have patience.
The party’s acting ameer Moqbul Ahmad, in a press statement, announced the countrywide daylong hartal hours after the apex court’s order.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning upheld the death penalty of 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, pronounced the judgment.
The other judges of the bench were Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Bazlur Rahman.
The apex court upheld the punishment on one count of charge and acquitted Mir Quasem on another. – News Desk