Hearing on Jamaat chief Nizami’s death penalty begins

Dhaka, Sept. 9 (ANI): Bangladesh Supreme Court has begun hearing Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami’s appeal challenging a verdict which had sentenced him to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

According to the Daily Star, the Appellate Division’s four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha began the hearing with Attorney General Mahbubey Alam placing eight war crime charges on which Nizami was convicted.

The report was filed when defence counsel Joynul Abedin Tuhin was reading out the statement of prosecution witnesses before the apex court.

On October 29 last year, International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) handed Nizami the death penalty on four charges of war crimes, including murdering intellectuals during the Liberation War in 1971.

Nizami had challenged the court verdict on November 23, 2014, claiming that he was innocent. (ANI)

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