October 25, 2016

Full verdict on Mojaheed, SQ Chy released

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury

The Supreme Court has released its full verdicts that dismissed petitions of war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for reviewing their death penalty.
Sources of Supreme Court registrar’s office told, all judges of a four-member bench of SC’s Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha signed the verdict on Thursday afternoon.

Later the signed copies of full verdicts will be sent to International War Crimes Tribunal, which will be followed by sending more copies to the authorities concerned including that of Dhaka Central Jail authorities.

Earlier on Wednesdayh, the apex court upheld the death penalty of condemned war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for their crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

The Supreme Court on November 2 adjourned the hearing on the review pleas of the two convicts till November 17.

Rejecting a petition of Salauddin to summon eight witnesses for him and record their statements, the four-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha adjourned the hearing.

The Apex Court said that the prosecution has been able to prove the fact that Salauddin was present in the country during the War of Liberation. The court also pointed out the fact that Salauddin could not produce any certificate from Punjab University which could prove that he was studying there and was not in Bangladesh.

The Supreme Court on November 2 also adjourned hearing on Jamaat secretary general Mojaheed’s review plea till November 17, rejecting a plea seeking its direction upon the government not to harass or arrest his lawyers.

Both Mojaheed and Salauddin filed their respective review pleas on October 14.
On October 1, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 sentenced Salauddin to death for his crimes against humanity. He lodged appeal against his sentence on October 29, 2013 and the Appellate Division in its verdict on July 29, 2015, upheld the death sentence for him.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 on July 17, 2013 sentenced Mojaheed to death for committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation. The Jamaat leader filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on August 12, 2013.

On June 16, 2015, the Appellate Division delivered its judgement, upholding death for the Jamaat secretary general. The Apex Court on September 30 released the full verdict and on October 1 the ICT issued death warrant against the Jamaat leader.

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