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War Crimes convict Mir Quasem gets time for review hearing

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Dhaka – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday accepted a time plea filed by Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali, adjourning its hearing on his review plea till August 24.Monday was fixed for holding hearing on a petition filed by Mir Quasem, pleading for reviewing the apex court judgement that upheld his death sentence for committing crimes against humanity. The matter was 63rd item in the day’s cause list for the Appellate Division.
But Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, chief counsel for Mir Quasem, pleaded for two months time saying he needs this for preparation to take part in the hearing. Taking the matter into the consideration, the apex court adjourned the hearing till August 24.
Earlier on June 19 Mir Kasem Ali filed the 68-page review plea with the apex court, seeking acquittal on 14 grounds.
On June 6, 2016, the apex court released the full text of its 244-page judgement. The tribunal, which initially sentenced him to death for his 1971 crimes, also issued death warrant on the same day against Mir Quasem, paving way for executing him.
Mir Quasem was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 on November 2, 2014. He later filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against his conviction. The apex court on March 8, 2016, upheld his death, with Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha pronouncing, “The sentence (of the tribunal) is maintained.”
Mir Quasem was arrested on June 17, 2012 from the daily Naya Diganta office in the city’s Motijheel area and was kept at Kashimpur High Security Jail. Hailed from Munshidangi Sutalori of Harirampur upazilla in Manikganj, he joined Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), the then student wing of Jamaat, in 1967, when he was a student of Chittagong Collegiate School. – Agencies

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