SC VERDICT ON MOLLAH Review not a right: Shahdeen Malik

Expresses satisfaction over capital punishment for a war criminal

Shahdeen Malik. Star file photo

Reacting to war crimes convict Abdul Quader Mollah’s decision to seek review of the Supreme Court judgement, eminent jurist Shahdeen Malik said review is not a matter of rights “in the sense that a convict cannot claim a review”.

“It is a matter of discretion of the court,” he said when The Daily Star contacted him over phone after the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court awarded capital punishment to the Jamaat leader following appeals against life sentence handed down to him by a special tribunal.

“The Appellate Division has hardly ever changed its decision on review. Hence, review does not usually give any different result,” Malik noted.

He expressed satisfaction over awarding of capital punishment to war criminal Mollah.

“I am contented and satisfied that finally one war criminal is punished,” he said.

Source: The Daily Star