September 17, 2013
The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla to death for committing war crimes during the 1971 war of liberation.
A five-member bench headed by chief justice, by majority view, gave the ruling, allowing the government seeking his death sentence to carry it out, rejecting Quader Molla’s appeal to cancel the life sentence handed him by the International Crimes Tribunal.
The Appellate Division delivered its verdict in the two appeal petitions against the life term sentence.
On July 23, a five-member Appellate Division bench ended hearing both the appeal petitions and reserved the pronouncement of the verdict for a later date.
Both the appeals were listed on Monday afternoon as item number one for delivering the verdict on Tuesday.
Chaired by chief justice Md Muzammel Hossain, the bench comprises Justice SK Sinha, Justice MA Wahhab Miah and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury.
Additional police and other law enforcement personnel were deployed at all the Supreme Court entrances and around the court building since Monday night as the word spread that the verdict would be delivered on Monday.
On February 5, the Interntional Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Quader to life term for his 1971 war crimes.
On March 3, the chief war crimes prosecutor, Golam Arif Tipoo filed an appeal against ‘inadequate sentence’ to Quader on five charges and against his acquittal from another charge.
Quader filed his appeal petition on March 4 seeking that his sentence aside be set aside.
The Appellate Division took up both the appeal petition for hearing on April 1.
Quader was sentenced to life term on charges of crimes against humanity for killing 300 to 350 people at Alubdi in Pallabi in Dhaka city on April 24, 1971, and for killing Hazrat Ali Lasker and his family members at Mirpur Circle 12 on March 26, 1971.
Source: New Age BD