Kamaruzzaman’s death sentence upheld

Dhaka: The appellate division of Bangladesh Supreme Court had upheld the original death sentence verdict of Muhammad Kamaruzzaman given by International War Crime Tribunal.  This means he could be hanged any day. Meanwhile, Advocate Tazul islam, Lawyer of Mr. Kamaruzzaman told to the media that they are certainly going to file a review petition  against the verdict. A 4 Members appellate bench led by Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha pronounced the verdict on Monday 3 November. He upheld the death sentence on a majority decision. The other three members of the Justice panel were, Justice Abdul Wahhab Mian, Justice Hasan Fayez Siddique and Justice A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury.

The Jamaat senior assistant secretary general’s execution now depends on the release of the full text of the SC verdict. The jail authorities will start the process of his execution after getting the certified copy of the verdict.

The appeal hearing on Muhammmad Kamaruzzaman’s case was concluded on 17 September 2014. On May 9 last year, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Kamaruzzaman to death.

No scope for review petition: AG

There is no scope to file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict that upheld death penalty of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.

“I don’t think there has any opportunity to seek review against the verdict,” the attorney general said adding that a similar petition was filed against the death penalty of another war criminal Quader Mollah but it was dismissed by the Appellate Division of Supreme Court later.

My father deprived of Justice: Kamaruzzaman’s son

The eldest son of Jamaat assistant secretary general Kamaruzzaman, Hasan Iqbal, said that his father has been deprived of justice as the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday upheld Kamaruzzaman’s death sentence in its appeal verdict. Hasan also claimed that his father was innocent. No books on history of liberation cited Kamaruzzaman or his role, before 2011, relating to Sohagpur massacre during the liberation war for which he was sentenced to death, he said. Lawyers have been asked to file a review petition of the SC verdict on his father’s execution, Hasan said. On May 9, 2013, International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Kamaruzzaman to death for his crimes against humanity he had committed during Bangladesh’s war of independence. He had appealed against his death sentence on June 6, 2013. Kamaruzzaman is now in a condemned cell in Kashimpur Central Jail part-2 in Gazipur.

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