Dhaka – Convicted Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami on Tuesday filed a petition seeking review of the Supreme Court verdict upholding the International Crimes Tribunal judgment that sentenced him to death.
Barrister Najib Momen, son of Nizami, who submitted the 70-page review petition with the Appellate Division around 11:00 am said there were 46 grounds seeking release of the convict in the war crimes case.
Earlier on March 15, the ICT issued a death warrant for Nizami for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 after the apex court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty.
On January 6, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, upheld the death sentence of the Jamaat Ameer.
The Appellate Division upheld the ICT-1 order sentencing Nizami to death for the wartime crimes, including genocide and murder of intellectuals that he was charged with.
The apex court upheld his death penalty on three of the four counts of charges while he was acquitted for one.
The SC upheld his life term imprisonment on two charges, out of four in connection with the arrest, detention, torture, and murder of three people, including headmaster 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 ICT-1 sentenced Nizami to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
The tribunal sentenced Nizami to the capital punishment in each on four counts of charges of war crimes, terming Al Badr he was involved with a criminal outfit.
Nizami filed an appeal with the SC on November 23, 2014 challenging the death sentence and claimed himself innocent and sought to be cleared of the charges. – News Desk