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War criminal Mir Quasem's charges and penalties

Update : 30 Aug 2016, 08:18 PM
The punishment came against Jamaat-e-Islami's central executive committee member Quasem, now 64, on November 3, 2014. As many as 24 prosecution witnesses testified against Quasem. The tribunal handed down the death penalty on two charges – for killing seven people, including teenage freedom fighter Jasimuddin, after abduction. He was also awarded a total of 72-year imprisonment on the eight other proven charges of abduction, conspiracy and planning. The Appellate Division started hearing on his appeal on February 9 this year. It is the seventh appeals case heard by the top court. On March 8, the Supreme Court upheld the war tribunal’s death sentence awarded to Quasem Ali for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.2_Quasem-charges Tribunal verdict in Quasem case The court upheld death penalty for Quasem in one charge. However, it acquitted him of three other charges. Finally on Tuesday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court rejected Mir Quasem’s review plea for death penalty keeping the SC's verdict reinstated. The same bench conducted the hearing of the review plea on August 24 and 28. Quasem joined Islami Chhatra Sangha, then student wing of Jamaat, in 1967 while studying at Chittagong Collegiate School. He later became its Chittagong city unit general secretary. He played an important role in forming al-Badr Bahini. Quasem had set up makeshift torture camps at different places in the port city including Dalim Hotel. According to the government, Quasem has also spent a large amount of money abroad to make the war crimes trials controversial.
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