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War crimes: SC to hear Azhar, Qaiser’s appeals on Oct 10

War crimes: SC to hear Azhar, Qaiser’s appeals on Oct 10

Convicted war criminals ATM Azharul Islam and Syed Mohammad Qaiser will have their appeals heard at the Supreme Court on Oct 10

The Supreme Court on Sunday set Oct 10 as the date to start its hearing on the appeals filed by convicted war criminals, ATM Azharul Islam and Syed Mohammad Qaiser, challenging their sentences handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

A three-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order, asking the defence in both the cases to submit concise statement of their appeals by Aug 24, reports BSS.

The now defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) 2 on Dec 23, 2014 sentenced former Jatiya Party state minister Qaiser to death as the 14 charges of crimes against humanity out of a total of 16 charges against him were proven.

The tribunal handed down the death penalty on seven charges, life imprisonment on four, jail terms of 10, 7 and 5 years on three charges. Qaiser was acquitted of the remaining two charges.

The tribunal in its observation also asked the state to initiate a compensation scheme for the rape victims of 1971 and the war babies.

Qaiser filed appeal against his conviction on Jan 19, 2015.

Meanwhile, the ICT-1 on Dec 30, 2014, sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam to death for crimes against humanity committed in Rangpur during the War of Liberation. It found him guilty on five of a total of six charges.

He was sentenced to death by hanging for charges 2, 3 and 4.

In charge no 2, he was accused of gunning down 15 unarmed innocent civilians in Dhappara area in Rangpur on April 16. In charge no 3, he was accused of committing massacre at Jharuarbeel and killing of more than 1200 unarmed civilians on April 17. And in charge no 3, he was accused of abduction and murder of four teachers of Carmichael College and others on April 30.

He was also sentenced to a total of 30 years of imprisonment in the remaining charge no 5 and 6 for the raping and confining women to Rangpur Town Hall between Mar 25 and Dec 16, 1971, and the torturing of Shawkat Hossain and Rafiqul Hasan between mid Nov and Dec 1.

Azhar filed appeal against his conviction on Jan 28, 2015.

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