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Full text of Mir Quasem review verdict released

Update : 31 Aug 2016, 10:48 AM
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has released the text of its Tuesday's verdict reconfirming the death penalty of 1971 war crimes convict and Al-Badr commander Mir Quasem Ali dismissing his review petition. "This petition is dismissed . . .," read the concluding line of the 29-page verdict pronounced by a five-member apext court bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha. Earlier in the morning a five-member Appellate Division panel in its short judgment dismissed the review plea of 64-year-old death row convict, leaving him with only option to plead for presidential clemency as his last ditch effort to save his neck. Supreme Court officials said in line with the procedure, the full script of the verdict with signs of all the five members of the bench was set to be sent to International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), which originally sentenced him to death for committing crimes against humanity, for subsequent course of action. Earlier on June 19, the 1971 Al-Badr commander, notoriously known as Bengali Khan for his close association with Pakistani occupation army known as Khan Sena, filed the 68-page review plea to the department concerned of the apex court, seeking acquittal on 14 grounds. On June 6, 2016, the apex court released the full text of its 244-page appeal judgment. Mir Quasem later filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against his conviction. The apex court on March 8, 2016, upheld his death, with Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha pronouncing: "The sentence (of the tribunal) is maintained."
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