Verdict read out, Nizami could be hanged anytime if no clemency: AG

Verdict read out, Nizami could be hanged anytime if no clemency: AG

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Dhaka – Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Monday said jail authorities can execute war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami anytime as per the government’s order if he does not seek presidential clemency, unb news agency reported.
“Nizami can be executed anytime as per the government’s order if he does not to seek presidential clemency confessing to his crimes,” he said while talking to reporters at his Supreme Court office after the release of the full text of SC verdict rejecting the review petition of the Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer.
Responding to a question about the Nizami review petition, the attorney general said the court found no reason to review the verdict.The full verdict of the Supreme Court rejecting the review petition of Motiur Rahman Nizami was read out to the Jamaat leader at Dhaka Central Jail on Monday evening.
Earlier, the full verdict of the Supreme Court rejecting the review petition of Nizami reached the Dhaka Central Jail in the evening.
Senior Jail Super Jahangir Kabir of the Dhaka Central Jail received the copy of the verdict sent from the International Crimes Tribunal around 7:05 pm.
Nizami was shifted to Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur on Sunday night.
On May 5, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court rejected the petition of Nizami seeking review of its earlier verdict upholding the death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal.
On March 15, the ICT issued a death warrant for Nizami for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 after the apex court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty.
On Monday the International Crimes Tribunal received the full text of the Supreme Court judgement on Motiur Rahman Nizami scrapping his review petition against death penalty. The verdict reached International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) at 5:08pm. Now, it would send to the Dhaka Central Jail where the death row-convict Jamaat chief Nizami has been kept.
Earlier, in the afternoon the Supreme Court published the full copy of the review verdict after the judges concerned put their signatures on the copy of the verdict on war crimes condemned convict and Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami that dismissed his review plea seeking reconsideration of his death penalty.
Soon after releasing the copy of the verdict, the apex court sent the copy to the tribunal, home ministry, law ministry and attorney general office.
“We have carefully gone through the review petitions and connected papers. We find no merit in the review petition and the same are accordingly dismissed” the apex court said in the verdict.
Later, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said that the government might be give a day to Nizami to evaluate the judgement copy and an officer would be sent to Nizami for asking him whether he would seek presidential mercy or not. If he will not seek mercy, the government would execute him anytime through an executive order, Alam explained.
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami lost the last legal battle on May 5 as the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court dismissed his review petition paving the way for his execution for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
The four-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, dismissed the review petition filed by Nizami seeking reconsideration of his death penalty in war crimes cases.
The bench’s other judges were Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.
With this order of the top court, the 71-year-old has one last option: seeking presidential clemency.
Nizami filed the review plea on March 30 this year. He filed the petition 14 days after the SC released the full judgment.Barrister Najeeb Momen, son of Nizami, submitted the review petition, a 70-page document, citing 46 arguments, to the apex court seeking acquittal for Nizami.
The ICT-1, on October 29, 2014, had handed down the death penalty for Nizami on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals during the war. Nizami was also given life imprisonment on four other charges.
Nizami filed an appeal before the Supreme Court on November 23, 2014, challenging the death sentence and claiming that he was innocent and sought to be cleared of the charge.

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