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Mujahid to file review petition

Update : 20 Jun 2015, 05:52 AM

Condemned war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid has decided to file review petition, seeking review of the top court’s verdict that upheld his death sentence.

Lawyer of the Jamaat leader Advocate Shisir Monir told the Dhaka Tribune: "Mujahid asked us to file the review petition, challenging the apex court judgement, when we met him at Dhaka Central Jail around 11am Saturday.

"The petition will be filed in 15 days after getting the copy of the full judgement."

Earlier, a five-member team of lawyers, led by Advocate Shisir Monir, entered the central jail around 11am Saturday, four days after the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty to the Jamaat leader for crimes against humanity during 1971 war.

The other members of the team are Moshiul Alam, Kamal Uddin, Najibur Rahman and Matiur Rahman Akand.

Later, they left the central jail around 11:40am, said Farman Ali, senior jail super of the prison.

The four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, upheld the capital punishment of the “death squad” al-Badr commander, also the Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general, for the killing of intellectuals during the nation’s struggle for independence.

On July 17 last year, International Crimes Tribunal 2 awarded the death penalty to the 69-year-old Jamaat leader, who served as social welfare minister (technocrat) during the BNP-Jamaat alliance’s 2011-06 tenure.

He was found guilty in five out of the seven charges and sentenced to death in two of them.

Mujahid appealed against the tribunal verdict on August 11, 2013 and the hearing began on April 29 this year.

The Jamaat leader was arrested on June 29, 2010 on charges of hurting religious sentiment and defying court orders.

He was later shown arrested the war crimes case on August 8. The tribunal indicted him on June 21, 2012.

 

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