Nizami’s review hearing deferred to May 3

Nizami’s review hearing deferred to May 3

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Dhaka – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court Sunday deferred on May 3 on a review petition filed by war crime convict and Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, seeking review of its judgement that upheld his death penalty for his wartime offences. In response to a time petition moved by Nizami’s lawyer Advocate Khandakar Mahbub Hossain, the four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha deferred the hearing till the date.
Hossain, prayed to the apex court to shift the date for hearing citing his personal difficulties.
Earlier on April 3, in response to a six-week time petition filed by Nizami, the same bench deferred the hearing by a week.
On March 30, Nizami had filed the review petition with the Supreme Court seeking reconsideration of his death penalty for wartime offences.
Nizami filed the petition 14 days after the SC released the full judgment. Barrister Najeeb Momen, son of Nizami, said that a 70-page document, citing 46 arguments, has been submitted to the apex court seeking acquittal order.
The SC on January 6 this year upheld the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that sentenced Nizami to death for crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 War of Liberation. Two months later, on March 15, the apex court released the full verdict. The ICT issued a death warrant for him hours after the SC released its full verdict.
The following day, jail authorities read out the judgment before the convict. In October 2014, the ICT-1 handed down capital punishment to Nizami, the leader of the infamous Al-Badr Bahini, for his wartime offences.
So far, verdicts have been handed down against five war criminals in war crimes cases. The convicts include Jamaat Assistant Secretary Generals, Quader Molla and Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, the party’s Nayeb-e-Amir, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, and BNP leader, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

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