SC: Death only appropriate punishment for Quader

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On September 17, the SC bench pronounced the verdict that sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah to death

The death penalty awarded to war criminal Quader Mollah was the only appropriate sentence, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while releasing the full judgement of 790 pages his case.

A five-member Appellate Division bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain signed the full text of the verdict.

The four other judges of the bench were Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice MA Wahhab Miah, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik.

While releasing the full judgment, the SC said: “His monstrosity must have stunned all righteous people, not only in 1971 but also afterwards – maybe through eternity, not only in Bangladesh but beyond.”

He added: “As such death is the only appropriate sentence.”

The SC continued: “The traumatic wounds of his paws caused to the whole society will never be healed.

Earlier, on September 17, the SC bench pronounced the verdict that sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah to death.

The SC bench gave Mollah the death penalty by a majority, as one of the five judges, even though finding Mollah guilty, was against capital punishment for the Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general.

Earlier, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the Dhaka Tribune: “Following the release of the judgment, the government will decide when and how its orders will be implemented,” he said.

International Crimes Tribunal-2, on February 5, had found Mollah, 65, guilty on five of the six charges of crimes against humanity. But, the Supreme Court in its maiden verdict in a war crimes appeal found Mollah guilty on all six charges brought against him.

The Tribunal-2 awarded Mollah, infamous as “Mirpurer Kasai” (Butcher of Mirpur), maximum life imprisonment even though it had been proved beyond doubt that the Jamaat leader had committed heinous war crimes.

Overruling the judgment of the Tribunal-2, that had given Mollah life term for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in 1971, the SC awarded him death sentence, which is highest punishment in the country.

Source: Dhaka Tribune