Verdicts read out to Mojaheed and Salauddin

Verdicts read out to Mojaheed and Salauddin

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The full verdicts of the Supreme Court rejecting the review petitions of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were read out to the two war crimes convicts at Dhaka central jail on Thursday night.Jail super of Dhaka Central Jail Jahangir Kabir read out the verdicts to Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury around 10:50pm, said jail sources.Earlier, the written verdicts reached the jail from the International Crimes Tribunal at 8:42pm.
Earlier, the verdict traveled to the International Crimes Tribunal from the Supreme Court around 7:30pm, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.Earlier at a press briefing at the Supreme Court, the chief state counsel had said the written text of the verdicts would be sent to the jail authorities through the tribunal. The jail authorities will take necessary steps to execute the verdicts after getting the verdict copies.In the evening, the SC released the full text of the verdicts after the four judges — Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique — of the Appellate Division bench signed those turning down the review petitions against its earlier orders upholding their death sentences for committing crimes against humanity during the liberation war in 1971.On Wednesday, the SC upheld its previous verdicts on Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, rejecting their pleas for reviewing death penalties for their war crimes.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, dismissed the review petitions of the duo.

On 14 October, Mojaheed and Salauddin filed the review petitions with the SC against its verdicts that upheld their death penalties for their crimes against humanity during the 1971 war.On 1 October, Dhaka’s International Crimes Tribunal had issued death warrants against them.The SC on 30 September released the full verdicts awarding death penalties to them for their crimes against humanity during the war, clearing the way for the execution of the judgment.The court on 16 June upheld the death sentence awarded by the ICT-2 to Mojaheed on charge of killing intellectuals during the war.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on 17 July 2013 awarded Ali Ahsan Mojaheed death penalty for committing crimes against humanity during the liberation war in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces.On 11 August 2013, condemned convict Mojaheed filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against his capital punishment awarded by the ICT-2.Mojaheed was arrested on charge of hurting religious sentiment on 29 June 2010 and later he was shown arrested in a case filed for committing crimes against humanity on 2 August that year.

Earlier, the court on 29 June upheld the death sentence awarded by ICT-1 to him for committing crimes against humanity, including rape and mass killing, during the liberation war, 43 years ago.On 1 October 2013, the then International Crimes Tribunal-1 found Salauddin Quader Chowdhury guilty of crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation and condemned him to death.On 29 October of the same year, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the ICT verdict.

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