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Mir Quasem awarded death penalty
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-11-02,  Publish Time : 11:30,  View Count : 140
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on Sunday awarded death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali, known as a key financier of the anti-liberation party, for his crimes during the 1971 Liberation War. He was also awarded total of 72-year imprisonment on other charges of abduction, conspiracy and planning.

The tribunal has handed down death penalty to war criminal Mir Kashem on the charge no 11 and 12 for killing five people, including one Jasimuddin, after abduction.

He abducted six persons 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 of them and concealing their bodies.

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

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

Three-member panel of ICT-2, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan, pronounced the verdict around 11:30am.

This is the 11th verdict by the two war crimes tribunals.

Earlier, Justice Obaidul Hassan began reading out the 351-page judgement.

He has been taken to the tribunal around 9:25am by a prison van with tight security.

On June 17, 2012, law enforcers arrested Mir Quasem Ali. The public prosecutor submitted formal charges against him on May 16 last year. The ICT-1 started trial of him after framing 14 charges against him. Later, the case was shifted to ICT-2. A total of 24 witnesses including the investigation officer submitted deposition against him on behalf of the state, while three people submitted deposition on behalf of the accused. Recording of the deposition concluded on April 23.

The tribunal on September 5, 2013, indicted Mir Quasem for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

According to a defence petition, Kashem is the member secretary of Islami Bank Foundation, an organisation that oversees all the projects of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd and profits generated by it; chairman of Keari Ltd, a real estate and tourism company; founding trustee and also a member responsible for administration of the Ibn Sina Trust and director (marketing) of Ibn Sina Pharmaceutical Industries.

The Jamaat leader is also the member secretary of Fouad Al-Khateeb Charity Foundation.

Mir Kashem, who is originally from Munshidangi Sutalori under Harirampur in Manikganj, joined Islami Chhatra Sangha, then student wing of Jamaat, in 1967 while studying at Chittagong Collegiate School. He later became its Chittagong City unit general secretary.

Mir Kashem played an important role in forming al-Badr Bahini that is orchestrated systematic killing of freedom fighters and intellectuals.
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