Dhaka Central Jail authorities on Wednesday afternoon received the copy of the Supreme Court verdict rejecting the review plea sought by Jamaat leader M Kamaruzzaman against death penalty.
The verdict was read out to the Jamaat leader who sought time from jail authorities to meet his lawyers on Thursday to decide whether to seek President’s mercy or not. Sources said his lawyers are likely to meet him at the Dhaka Central Jail at around 11 am.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan has been quoted to have said that the formalities for execution of the death penalty would start after the receipt of death warrant.International Crimes Tribunal’s deputy registrar Akhtaruzzaman carried the Supreme Court verdict to the jail authorities.He also sent the copy of the SC verdict to the Dhaka District Magistrate, Home Ministry, Law Ministry, Attorney General and counsel for M Kamruzzaman.
Sources at the central jail said the copy of the judgment was received at the jail gate at about 5:45 Pm. Later, the jail authorities read it out in front of Kamaruzzaman at the condemned cell.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday rejected Jamaat senior assistant secretary general M Kamaruzzaman’s review petition against its previous verdict upholding the death penalty handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 for his war crimes.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, dismissed the review petition of the Jamaat leader.
On May 9, 2013, the tribunal condemned Jamaat leader M Kamaruzzaman to death for his crimes against humanity, including murder, abduction, torture, rape and mass killing during the Liberation War.
The Supreme Court on November 3 last year upheld the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-2.
On February 18, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 issued a death warrant for Kamaruzzaman after receiving the full text of the Supreme Court verdict that upheld his death penalty for his crimes against humanity during 1971.