Lord Avebury of British House of Lords advocates for review
A team of lawyers met Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman at Dhaka Central Jail in the Bangladesh capital city Dhaka on November 6, 2014 (Thursday). They are Advocate Moshiul Alam, Matiur Rahman Akhand, Mohammad Shishir Monir and Barrister Ehsan A Siddiki.
Kamaruzzaman narrated some guidelines to his lawyers about what to do regarding the cancellation of his appeal against the death penalty. He also reminded the lawyers that within 30 days after getting copy of the full verdict of International Crimes Tribunal appeal should be submitted for review.
He again expressed that he was not guilty as stated by the case and he is not a man of such characteristics as it was produced before the court, says a JI media release.
Another source says: Vice-Chair of Parliamentary Human Rights Group Lord (Eric) Avebury of British House of Lords, has released a statement regarding the latest verdict of International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh.
He suggested that the tribunal should disclose the full verdict of Kamaruzzaman case and the accused should be ensured the right to appeal against the verdict.
After that the accused must be given seven days time for seeking mercy from the President of the country, Lord Avebury’s statement added.
Early reports say: Dhaka Central Jail was instructed to prepare for war criminal Mohammad Kamaruzzaman’s execution, Law Minister Anisul Huq said.
The Jamaat-e-Islami leader will, however, get the time to seek pardon from the president, he told a press briefing Wednesday evening. The law minister was talking to reporters at his home amid arguments over the possibility of a review petition at this stage. He commented to the media that release of the full verdict of the case was not essential to execute the court order.
Kamaruzzaman’s lawyers have stated that they will seek review while prosecutors say there is no provision for it.
Last Monday, death sentence for Kamaruzzaman was upheld by the Supreme Court in the final judgment of his appeal against the verdict passed by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 last year.
Meanwhile, family members met Mohammad Kamaruzzaman at the Dhaka Central Jail on Wednesday. Ten members of his family turned up at the prison to meet him just before 10am.
After the jail authorities allowed them in, they spent about 30 minutes with Kamaruzzaman, who is on death row for 1971 war crimes.
His wife Nurunnahar, four of his sons– Hassan Iqbal, Ahmed Hassan, Hassan Imam and Ikram Hassan, daughter Afiya Nur, brothers Najibur Zaman and Abdullah Al Mahdi, sister Mohsina Begum and nephew Abdul Alim met the Jamaat leader. –Special Correspondent
Source: English News BD