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Death warrant issued against war criminal Qaiser

  • Published at 04:51 pm October 22nd, 2020
Syed Mohammed Qaiser
File Photo: Syed Mohammed Qaiser Collected

The war criminal has decided to file a review petition against his death penalty

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Thursday issued a death warrant against Syed Mohammad Qaiser over crimes against humanity he committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

The full verdict of the Supreme Court upholding the death penalty of Jatiya Party (JaPa) leader and former minister of state Syed Mohammed Qaiser has been received and sent to the office concerned on Thursday, said Syed Ahmed, registrar of the ICT.

The death warrant has been sent to the Dhaka Central Jail, Keraniganj, secretaries of the Home Ministry and Law Ministry, and district magistrate.

Qaiser can file a petition seeking a review of the death penalty within 15 days.

On January 14, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of the Jatiya Party leader. The verdict had been pronounced by the ICT for his crimes against humanity.

The full verdict of the Supreme Court was published on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the convicted war criminal has decided to file a review petition against his death penalty.

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Subhash Kumar Ghosh, senior jail superintendent at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj said: “After receiving the death warrant at around 3pm on Thursday, we read it out to Qaiser. 

“The convict has acknowledged the death warrant and informed us that he wants to file a review petition against the sentence.”

Earlier on January 14 this year, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Qaiser for his war crimes in 1971.

A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, delivered the verdict after hearing an appeal filed by the war criminal challenging the International Crimes Tribunal’s verdict that had sentenced him to death.

In December 2019, the Appellate Division fixed January 14 for delivery of its verdict after concluding hearings on the appeal. Qaiser filed an appeal against his conviction on January 19, 2015.

The now-defunct International Crimes Tribunal-2 had pronounced the death penalty for Qaiser on December 23, 2014, when the prosecution proved seven charges against him. 

Qaiser was charged in another four cases for which he was awarded life imprisonment, and three cases for which he was awarded 22 years of imprisonment.

From the penalties imposed by the tribunal, as the seven charges were proven, the apex court upheld the death penalty over three charges, awarded him life imprisonment despite the death penalty in three other charges, and acquitted him of another charge.

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