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Family meets Nizami at Kashimpur jail
Death warrant read out to Nizami in Kashimpur Jail

Family meets Nizami at Kashimpur jail

Family members of death-row war criminal Matiur Rahman Nizami met him at Kashimpur Central Jail part-2 in Gazipur on Friday.

Jail sources said six members of Nizami’s family-his wife Samsunnahar Nizami, two sons– Barrister Najib Momen and Khadiza Mohsina, daughter-in-laws Saleha and Riyan entered the jail around 11:15 am, spent some time with him and got out of it around 12:20 pm. Gazipur, UNB news agency reported.

Earlier, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Thursday 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 January 6, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by the Chief Justice, upheld the death sentence of the Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer.

The Appellate Division upheld the ICT-1 order sentencing Nizami to death for the wartime crimes, including genocide and murder of intellectuals.

The apex court upheld his death penalty on three of the four counts of charges while he was acquitted on the rest one.

On October 29, 2014, the ICT-1 sentenced Nizami to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

The tribunal sentenced Nizami, the 1971 commander-in-chief of Al Badr, a secret killing squad of Jamaate-e-Islami, the capital punishment each on four counts of charges of war crimes, terming Al Badr a criminal outfit.

Nizami filed an appeal with the SC on November 23, 2014 challenging the death sentence and claimed himself innocent and sought to be cleared of the charges.