The Supreme Court yesterday finished hearing statements of the prosecution witnesses in the appeal hearing of condemned war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami against his death sentence awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal.
Nizami’s lawyer SM Shahjahan read out the statements before the four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha from 9:15am to 1:15pm on the fifth day of the hearing. The court adjourned the proceedings until tomorrow.
“We have finished presenting the prosecution witness accounts on charges seven and 16. Then we started reading the statements of the investigation officer in the case,” the lawyer told reporters.
The tribunal on October 29 last year awarded Jamaat-e-Islami chief Nizami death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering the intellectuals. It also awarded him life imprisonment on four other charges.
The Appellate Division began the hearing on September 9 this year. Nizami filed the appeal on November 23 last year.
Jamaat Ameer Nizami was sentenced to death for his involvement in the killing of intellectuals by al-Badr force in Dhaka; and murder of 450 civilians and rape in Bausgari and Demra, killings of 52 people in Dhulaura, killings of 11 people and rape of three women in Karamja in Pabna.
Nizami was also sentenced to death in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case.
The top court bench has so far disposed of five war crimes appeal cases.