I’m counting days for execution, says Law Minister 30 Dec,2014

Dhaka, Law Reporter (Md. Kamruzzaman):

Expressing the satisfaction over the death penalty handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-1) to Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam, he said on Tuesday he is pretty happy and counting the day for execution.

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said he is satisfied with the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-1) judgment that sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general ATM Azharul Islam to death for perpetrating crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

“I’m counting the days for executing the sentence after exhausting all legal process. The execution of the sentence will be carried out as soon the legal process is over,” he told reporters.

The Law Minister said: “It’s my big attainment to bring the 1971 killers to justice through legal process, ensuring the trial.

“There is no scope of raising any question over the judgment by the ICT as it runs with transparency maintaining the international standard,” he added.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the three-member tribunal, pronounced the verdict, after its 158-page summary was read out, at 12:44 pm in a crowded courtroom, amid tight security.

Earlier, around 10:30 am, ATM Azharul Islam had been taken in a prison van to the ICT-1 for delivery of the judgment.

On Monday, the three-member tribunal fixed Tuesday for pronouncement of the verdict.

When the order was passed, the defence lawyers were not present.

On November 12 last year, the tribunal framed charges against Azharul for his involvement in the crimes against humanity, including genocide, during the Liberation War in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation army.

The accused Jamaat-e-Islami leader faced six counts of charges of crimes against humanity during the 1971 war like killing, abduction, confinement, torture, loot, arson, rape and genocide in Rangpur district.

A week after submitting the formal charges by the prosecution, the tribunal on July 25, 2013 took cognisance of the charge against Azharul as it found a strong prima facie case against the accused under subsections 3(2) and 4(1) (2) of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.

Source: BD Chronicle