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SC: Submit Mir Kashem appeal summary

Update : 22 Apr 2015, 04:54 AM

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has ordered the defence to submit the summary of top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali within May 20.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order on Wednesday morning.

Additional Attorney General Murad Reza said: “The Supreme Court bench also asked the prosecution to submit the summary of the appeal within May 27.”

On November 2, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal 2 awarded the death penalty to Mir Kashem, known as a key financier of the anti-liberation party, for his crimes against humanity and other offences committed in Chittagong during the 1971 Liberation War.

On November 30, 2014, the defence lawyers of the war criminal appealed in the apex court challenging the verdict and sought acquittal.

Mir Kashem abducted six people, including teenage freedom fighter Jasim, and tortured them in confinement from the day of Eid-ul-Fitr in 1971 to November 28, subsequently killing five and concealing their bodies.

The Jamaat leader also abducted Jahangir Alam Chowdhury, Tuntu Sen, and Ranjit Das alias Latu, and tortured them in confinement, and looted and set their houses on fire. Later, he killed Ranjit and Tuntu in November 1971.

10 charges out of a total of 14, which include killings, conspiracy, planning, complicity, incitement and active participation were proved, the tribunal pronounced.

He was awarded 72 years of imprisonment on other charges of abduction, conspiracy and planning. The charges no 1, 5, 8, 13 were not proved.

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