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Supreme Court reduces Shamsul’s life sentence for war crimes to 10 years

  • He was convicted by lower court in 2016
  • Eight people were convicted in total
Update : 14 Nov 2023, 01:00 PM

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has commuted Jamalpur war criminal Shamsul Haque’s imprisonment until death sentence to 10 years in jail.

A six-member bench of the Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan delivered the judgment on Tuesday after a final hearing on an appeal that sought the acquittal of Shamsul Haque.

Shamsul's lawyer Ehsan A Siddique and Attorney General AM Amin Uddin were present.

The International Crimes Tribunal on July 18, 2016 handed down the death penalty to three people and imprisonment until death to five others, including Shamsul.

They were charged with crimes like murder, mass murder, detention, kidnapping, torture and robbery during the Liberation War. Three of the charges were proved, leading to the verdict. 

The convicts who received capital punishment were Jamalpur's Ashraf Hossain, Abdul Mannan and Abdul Bari. At the same time, former director of Islami Bank Sharif Ahmed alias Sharif Hossain, Harun, Abul Hashem, Md Shamsul Haque alias Badr Bhai and SM Yusuf Ali were sentenced to imprisonment until death.

Only Shamsul and Yusuf were in custody during the trial. 

The two later appealed against the verdict, but Yusuf passed away while the appeal was pending.

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