SC turns down Mir Quasem's review of death penalty

SC turns down Mir Quasem’s review of death penalty


Dhaka – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld the death penalty of Mir Quasem Ali for crimes against humanity.
The apex court rejected a petition filed by the Jamaat-e-Islami leader seeking a review of its earlier verdict that upheld his death sentence.A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order.
With the rejection of the review plea, there has remained no further legal bar for going through the process for execution of Mir Quasem Ali, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said, expressing his satisfaction over the judgment.
Now the last option that remains for the Jamaat leader is to seek presidential clemency, the top law officer added.
On June 19, Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, son of Mir Quasem, filed the 68-page review petition with the Appellate Division against the death penalty handed down to him for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) issued death warrant for Mir Quasem hours after the apex court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty on June 6.
On March 8, the Appellate Division upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali for his war crimes.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mir Quasem Ali to death on November 2, 2014.
On November 30, 2014, he filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty. – UNB


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