Death-row war crimes convict Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking depositions by eight people, including five Pakistanis, as defence witnesses during hearing on his review petition.
Salauddin Quader, also a BNP leader, filed the review petition on October 14 with the Supreme Court against its verdict upholding his death penalty for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
His counsel Hujjatul Islam Khan Al Fesani said the petition for issuing summons against the eight witnesses was submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam termed the petition unprecedented, saying, “The filing of petition for recording depositions of witnesses after the stipulated 15 days of filing review is unprecedented. If the petition is granted, it might invite anarchy.”
The eight witnesses named in the petition are Muneeb Arjumand Khan, a Pakistani architect; Ambar Haroon Saigol, chairman of Dawn Group of Pakistan; Ishak Khan Khakwani, former minister of Pakistan; Riaz Ahmed Noon, grandson of Viqarunnisa Noon; Mohammad Mian Somroo, chief of former caretaker government of Pakistan; M Osman Siddik, a US expatriate and former diplomat; High Court division Judge Shamim Hasnain and his mother Zinat Ara Begum.
Earlier, Justice Shamim Hasnain and former FBCCI president Salman F Rahman were made defence witnesses but they did not make their deposition. Former diplomat Abdul Momen made his deposition instead of Salman F Rahman.
Besides, SQ Chowdhury Nizams’ college friend Nizam Ahmed and Asia Pacific University Trustee Board member and his cousin Quaiyum Reza Chowdhury made their deposition before the tribunal as defence witnesses.
On October 1, 2013, the then International Crimes Tribunal-1 found the BNP leader guilty of crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation and condemned him to death.
On October 29 of the same year, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the ICT verdict.
The SC on September 30 this year released the full verdict awarding death penalty to Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, clearing the way for the execution of the judgment.
On October 1, the International Crimes Tribunal had issued a death warrant against SQ Chowdhury.