The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in war crimes in Chittagong region during the Liberation War of 1971.
The four-member Appellate Division bench chaired by the Chief Justice SK Sinha acquitted Salauddin in one charge, for killing Shatish Chandra Pal, for which earlier the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced him for 20 years imprisonment.
The ICT-1 gave Salauddin death sentence in four charges.
Salaudin received death sentences for killing philanthropist and Kundeshwari Owsadhalay founder Natun Chandra Singha at Maddhaya Gohira on the morning of April 13, 1971, Chandra Kumar Paul and 49 others at Unsattur Para on the afternoon of April 13, 1971. His death sentence also meant for killing Nepal Chandra Dhar, Monendra Lal Dhar, Opendra Lal Dhar and Anil Baran Dhar at Banikpara in Sultanganj in the early hours of April 13 and killing the founder of the Chittagong chapter of Awami League Sheikh Mozaffor Ahmed and his son Sheikh Alamgir at Khagrachari on the morning of April 17, 1971.
The prosecution team on Wednesday expressed their satisfaction over Supreme Court’s verdict that upheld the death sentence for Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in war crimes in Chittagong region during the Liberation War of 1971.
Meanwhile, the defence lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain said they would file petition seeking review of the Appellate Division verdict after receiving its full verdict. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters that they got what they expected. ‘We would have been disappointed if Salauddin’s death sentence was not upheld, because he played a ferocious role during the Liberation War,’ the AG said.
Meanwhile, the defence lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain, said, that Salauddin’s family was disappointed at the verdict. ‘The tribunal had sentenced Salauddin to death on the basis of false statements of the prosecution witnesses who were tutored at a government house to give false evidences against Salauddin on political vendetta,’ the lawyer said. The tribunal had not accepted the evidences given by Salauddin’s friends stating that he studied in Panjab University at the time of Liberation war, he said.
Salauddin’s sons Hummam Quader Chowdhury and Fazle Kader Chowdhury present in the court later told reporters that his father was innocent and that some day he would certainly get justice.
Earlier on July 7, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the chief justice had set today for delivering the verdict on the appeal after hearing it for 13 days.
On October 1, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Salauddin to death on four war crimes charges and jailed him for various terms on five other charges.