Death warrant issued for Kamaruzzaman

The International Crimes Tribunal has issued a death warrant against war crimes convict Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.

Tribunal staff left the tribunal premises with the warrant to submit it to Dhaka Central Jail authorities around 12:50pm on Thursday.

Jailer Nesar Ali of Dhaka Central Jail told the Dhaka Tribune that they received the death warrant.

Earlier, an official of the tribunal told the Dhaka Tribune that the judges of International Crimes Tribunal 2 signed the death warrant around 12 noon.

Upholding the death penalty for Kamaruzzaman given by tribunal 2, the Supreme Court released the 579-page full verdict of Kamaruzzaman’s appeal on Wednesday.

From Wednesday, the Jamaat leader would get 15 days to file the review petition.

The Appellate Division might take a week at most to hear and dispose of the petition.

The tribunal sentenced Kamaruzzaman to death on May 9, 2013 for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. Five out of seven charges were proved by the prosecution in the case.

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Kamaruzzaman appealed against the judgement after a month. The Appellate Division upheld his death penalty on November 3 last year.

The Apex Court handed down capital punishment to Kamaruzzaman for the massacre of Sherpur’s Sohagpur village, which has come to be widely known as “Bidhoba Palli,” or the village of widows, following a mass killing in 1971.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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