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Nizami's review dismissed, death penalty upheld
Observer Online Desk
Published :Thursday, 5 May, 2016,  Time : 11:47 AM  View Count : 65
The Appellate Division on Thursday rejected death-row war crimes convict Matiur Rahman Nizami’s review petition against its previous verdict in favour of his death penalty that was earlier awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Justice SK Sinha, delivered the short order of the verdict in a crowded courtroom.

Three other members were Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam expressed satisfaction over the verdict.

The copy of the full verdict of the review petition will now be sent to the prison authorities who later will read it out to Nizami, said
the AG.

“Nizami can file a mercy petition with President Md Abdul Hamid admitting the crimes,” he added.

He also said the government will decide about Nizami’s execution.

The Appellate Division concluded hearing after the prosecution and defence placed their arguments on Tuesday and fixed today for the
delivery of the judgment.

Earlier on April 10, the SC had deferred the hearing until May 3 on the review plea.

On March 15, the ICT issued a death warrant for Nizami for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 after the apex court released the full text of its verdict upholding his death penalty.

On January 6, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by the Chief Justice, upheld the death sentence of the Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer.

The Appellate Division upheld the ICT-1 order sentencing Nizami to death for the wartime crimes, including genocide and murder of
intellectuals.

The apex court upheld his death penalty on three of the four counts of charges while he was acquitted on the rest one.

The SC upheld his life term imprisonment on two charges, out of four in connection with the arrest, detention, torture, and murder of
three people, including headmaster Maulana Kasim Uddin of Pabna Zila School on June 4, 1971, complicity in torture, murder and rape at Mohammadpur Physical Training Institute in Dhaka, and murder of Badi, Rumi Jewel and Azad at Old MP Hostel in Dhaka on August 30, 1971.

The Appellate Division acquitted the Jamaat leader on two other charges.

On October 29, 2014, the ICT-1 sentenced Nizami to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

The tribunal sentenced Nizami, the 1971 commander-in-chief of Al Badr, a secret killing squad of Jamaate-e-Islami, the capital
punishment each on four counts of charges of war crimes, terming Al Badr a criminal outfit.

Nizami filed an appeal with the SC on November 23, 2014 challenging the death sentence and claimed himself innocent and sought to be cleared of the charges.

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