Supreme Court final verdict on Nizami review Thursday

Supreme Court final verdict on Nizami review Thursday

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The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will deliver its final verdict Thursday on a review petition filed by war crimes convict and Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami seeking reconsideration of his death penalty for wartime offences.
The four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha is set the date for delivering its verdict on May 3 after concluding hearing on the review petition from both sides.
The other judges of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.Attorney General Mahbubey Alam expressed the hope that the apex court would uphold the death penalty of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Nizami while the Defence lawyer Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain on the other side expected ‘justice’ for his client.
The Jamaat leader filed the review petition on March 30 seeking a review of the apex court’s judgement that upheld his death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal for committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.
Nizami filed the petition 14 days after the SC released the full judgment. Barrister Najeeb Momen, son of Nizami, said a 70-page document, citing 46 arguments, was submitted to the apex court seeking acquittal for Nizami.
The ICT-1 on October 29, 2014 handed down the death penalty on Nizami on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals during the war. The 71-year-old was also awarded life imprisonment on four other charges.
The SC on January 6 this year upheld his death sentence on three charges and life term imprisonment on two other charges.
Two months later, on March 15, the apex court released the full verdict. The ICT issued a death warrant for him hours after the SC full verdict. The following day, jail authorities read out the judgment before the convict.
So far, SC verdicts have been handed down against five war criminals in war crimes cases. – Staff Reporter

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