The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced both of the war criminals to death and life imprisonment
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has set June 18 for the appeal hearings of convicted war criminals, Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam, and former Jatiya Party state minister, Syed Md Qaiser.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, gave the order, Wednesday morning.
The appeals were filed challenging the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) verdict that sentenced both Azhar and Qaiser to death.
Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain represented Azhar, while SM Shahjahan represented Qaiser.
On December 23, 2014, The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) 2 sentenced former state minister for Jatiya Party, Syed Md Qaiser, to death, after 14 charges out of the total 16 framed against him were proven beyond any doubt.
He was given the death penalty on seven charges; life imprisonment on four charges; jail terms of ten, seven and five years on three charges; and was acquitted of the two remaining ones. His jail terms will be merged with the death sentences.
Qaiser filed an appeal against his conviction on January 19, 2015.
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ICT 1, on December 30, 2014, sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam to death, for his war crimes committed in Rangpur. He was found guilty on five charges out of six.
He was given 25 years of rigorous imprisonment on one charge and five years on another, and acquitted of the other remaining charges. Azhar filed his appeal on January 28, 2015.
The tribunal, in its observation, also asked the state to initiate a compensation scheme for rape victims of 1971 and "war babies" – children of women raped by the Pakistan army or anti-liberation forces.