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Hearing of 3 war criminals’ appeals deferred

  • Published at 01:40 pm October 10th, 2017
Hearing of 3 war criminals’ appeals deferred
The Supreme Court has deferred till November 21 the hearing of convicted three war criminals against its verdict for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. A five-member bench led by acting Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah passed the order on Tuesday after hearing the appeals filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Azharul Islam, Abdus Subhan and former Jatiya Party state minister Syed Mohammed Qaiser. The hearing of appeals of Azhar and Qaiser was supposed to start from Tuesday and Abdus Subhan from Monday. The Supreme Court set Tuesday as the date to start its hearing the appeals of ATM Azharul Islam and Syed Mohammad Qaiser on August 13. The current defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) 2 sentenced former Jatiya Party state minister Qaiser to death on December 23, 2014 as 14 out of the 16 charges of war crimes were proven against him. The tribunal handed down the death penalty on seven charges, life imprisonment on four, jail terms on 10, seven and five years on three charges. Qaiser was acquitted of the remaining two charges. Qaiser lodged an appeal against his conviction on January 19, 2015. Meanwhile, the tribunal 1 awarded ATM Azharul Islam with death penalty on December 30, 2014, as five out of six war crime charges were proven against him before the court. He was found guilty of conducting war crimes in Rangpur. And the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Subhan to death on February 18, 2015, for finding him guilty of crimes against humanity.