SC starts hearing Azhar’s appeal against war crimes verdict
Published : Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 758
The Appellate Division on Tuesday started hearing the appeal filed by war criminal ATM Azharul Islam challenging his death sentence.
A four-member bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain began the longstanding hearings, rejecting a time petition filed by defence counsel Zainul Abedin Tuhin. Turning down the request for more time, Justice Hossain said, "I've approved enough time. Why didn't you prepare? You must start hearing today."
Tuhin then started reading out from the paperbook.
This is the 10th appeal to the top court against the verdict of International Crimes Tribunal.
The ICT-1 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami's Assistant Secretary General Islam to death on December 30, 2014, for crimes against humanity committed in Rangpur during the Liberation War.
He was found guilty of five of the six charges brought against him. Islam moved the top court on January 28 the next year.
Azhar filed the appeal seeking acquittal in the case within a month of the verdict. The Appellate Division subsequently ordered him to submit summary of his appeal on August 13, 2017.
The appeal hearing was scheduled for October 10, 2017 but the lawyer of the convicted leader pleaded for more time. But the case appeared on the apex court's hearing list on April 10 after one and a half years. On the day, the chief justice scheduled the next hearing for June 18.