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'Govt awaits SC verdict to execute Kamaruzzaman'
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-11-11,  Publish Time : 19:53,  View Count : 19
Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the government is awaiting the Supreme Court's judgement to execute war crime convict Kamaruzzaman's verdict.

Anisul Huq told reporters after a meeting of the Ministry of Law at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

"You may be curious to know about the execution of Kamaruzaman. But the meeting did not discuss the issue."

When asked about the latest update on the matter, "Last update hasn't arrived. We are waiting for the Supreme Court’s directive."

Al Badr chief Kamaruzzaman of Mymensingh region in 1971 was sentenced to death on May 9 last year by the International Crimes Tribunal for his crimes against humanity.

The Appellate Division upheld the death sentence of Kamaruzzaman, assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami, in the final verdict on November 3.

The prosecution said the tribunal would issue the death warrant of the convict after getting the Appellate Division's verdict.

After that, the government will execute the verdict. For this the government might also use the Jail Code.

The code states that every death-row convict can appeal for presidential clemency. The clemency will have to be sought within seven days.

The meeting discussed the law-and-order situation in the country. Junior Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal was also present at the meeting.

"(The meeting) held discussions on law-and-order situation. The situation is fine. We also discussed about the possibility of quickly wrapping up some cases," the law minister said.

"That includes cases which are in the monitoring cell."

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