The Supreme Court on Wednesday released the full verdict upholding the death penalty to BNP standing committee member Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed in war crimes cases.
A four-member Appellate Division bench led by SK Sinha released the full verdict in the afternoon.
The other members of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahbub Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddiqui.
Registrar of the apex court Syed Aminul Islam confirmed the release of the full verdict of the two war crimes convict.
Besides, defense lawyer Advocate Shishir Mohammad Monir said, “We will seek review against the verdict after going through the full verdict.”
After receiving the copy of full verdict, International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) will issue death warrant for the condemned convicts according to the normal process, which will initiate process for execution.
However, the convicts can seek review of the apex court verdict within the next 15 days.
On October 1, 2013, the ICT-1 found the 65-year-old Salauddin guilty on nine of 23 charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971 and awarded death penalty.
BNP leader Salauddin on October 29, 2013 appealed to the SC against a tribunal verdict that sentenced him to death for war crimes.
On July 29 this year, the apex upheld ICT-1 verdict that sentenced capital punishment to Salauddin for his war crime offences.
Besides, on July 17, 2013, the ICT-2 found the Jamaat secretary general guilty of five out of seven charges brought against him. The tribunal sentenced him to death on three charges, jailed him for life in one and sentenced him to five years in prison on another charge.
The war crimes convict filed the appeal with the SC on August 12 on the same year seeking acquittal of all the charges.
On June 16 this year, the Appellate Division of the SC upheld the death penalty delivered by the ICT for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.