Jamaat calls countrywide hartal for Tuesday, Wednesday

Dhaka, BdChronicle Political Reporter (Md. Kamruzzaman): 

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called countrywide hartal for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, protesting the death penalty upheld by the Supreme Court handed down to its Assistant Secretary Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, a 19 year-old HSC student in 1971.

Jamaat’s hartal announcement came through a statement posted on its website on Monday morning shortly after the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty awarded to M Kamaruzzaman for war crimes in 1971.

The party, what it said this is an attempt to kill their leader, Assistant Secretary General, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman. It also demanded the release of him.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed the order.

The Appellate Division concluded hearing arguments from both the prosecution and the defence on Sunday and fixed today for the delivery of the judgment.

Earlier, on April 1, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court had deferred the death-row war criminal M Kamaruzzaman’s review petition hearing to April 5 (Sunday).

The Appellate Division on March 9 had fixed April 1 for hearing on the review petition of M Kamaruzzaman, also the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general.

Kamaruzzaman filed a petition on March 5 seeking review of the Appellate Division judgment upholding the death sentence awarded by the tribunal for war crimes against in 1971.

On May 9, 2013, the tribunal condemned the Jamaat leader M Kamaruzzaman to death for war crimes including murder, abduction, torture, rape and mass killing during the Liberation War in 1971.

On November 3 last year, the Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that had condemned the Jamaat leader to death.

On February 18, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 issued a death warrant for Kamaruzzaman after receiving the full text of the Supreme Court verdict that upheld his death penalty for his crimes against humanity during 1971.

Source: BD Chronicle