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Nizami appeal to end by Dec 15

Update : 22 Nov 2015, 08:15 PM

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has expressed hope that the Supreme Court will complete the hearing by December 15 on an appeal filed by convicted war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami challenging his death sentence.

Talking to reporters yesterday, Mahbubey said that the top court would go on a 20-day vacation from December 16 – the country’s Victory Day. So, he hoped that the hearing in Jamaat-e-Islami chief’s appeal would be completed before the vacation started.

The four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice SK Sinha commenced the hearing on September 9. Nizami filed the appeal seeking acquittal on November 23 last year.

So far, the defence has completed reading out the statements of nine out of the 20 prosecution witnesses from the paperbook.

Jamaat Ameer Nizami was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal on October 29 last year for his involvement in the killing of intellectuals by al-Badr force in Dhaka; and murder of 450 civilians and rape in Bausgari and Demra, killings of 52 people in Dhulaura, killings of 11 people and rape of three women in Karamja in Pabna.

Nizami, in jail since July 29, 2010, was sentenced to death in the 10-truck arms haul case.

In the appeal, Nizami said the tribunal failed to consider that he was never associated with any Pakistan-backed auxiliary force, including al-Badr. The defence sought to argue on 168 points.

In its verdict, the tribunal stated that Nizami as chief of both Islami Chhatra Sangha, then Jamaat’s student wing, and al-Badr had civil superior responsibility in the commission of offences.

The top court bench has so far disposed of five war crimes appeal cases. Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, then a top commander of al-Badr, was hanged early yesterday after his appeal case was disposed of by the apex court. 

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