Nizami ‘much better now’

The International Crimes Tribunal Tuesday postponed the war crimes trial verdict on him after being informed about his illness.

Doctors examined Nizami in the jail and advised ‘close observation’.

Asked about his condition, the prison’s Senior Superintendent Farman Ali told on Wednesday: “His (Nizami) condition is much better than yesterday.”

The 71-year-old Jamaat chief’s blood pressure was under control, Ali said, adding that the jail’s doctors were treating Nizami.

The Jamaat has already demanded Nizami’s release, claiming “proper treatment” was not possible in judicial custody.

The Ganajagaran Mancha has, meanwhile, has attributed the verdict postponement as a ‘conspiracy and a cunning move’.

The ICT scheduled Tuesday for announcing the Jamaat chief’s verdict on 16 counts of crimes including murder, rape, looting, abetment and the massacre of Bengali intellectuals during Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971.

He was brought to the Dhaka prison from Gazipur’s Kashimpur Jail on Monday evening, the eve of the announcement of the verdict.

Nizami was taken to the Gazipur Sadar Hospital for a check-up after he fell ill last month in the Kashimpur Jail.

Doctors at that hospital had said Nizami was having problems with his eyesight, and was suffering from diabetes, heart ailment and spinal pain.

Jamaat had backed the Pakistan army’s effort to crush the Bengali uprising in 1971 for which almost its entire top leadership, including Nizami who then led the party’s then student front, stands accused of ‘crimes against humanity’.

He headed the ‘Al Badr’ militia until September 1971, after which he became a member of Jamaat.

Nizami’s trial began in May 2012, after his arrest on July 29, 2010 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

On Aug 2, 2010, he was shown arrested for committing crimes against humanity.

Source: Bd news24


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