Daily Dhaka Times : Bangladesh Supreme Court has sounded death knell for Jamaat-e-Islami business baron Mir Quasem Ali by refusing to review the death penalty it had handed down for his war-time atrocities.
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today reconfirmed the death sentence of senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali for committing crimes against humanity during 1971 Liberation War dismissing his petition that sought a review of the apex court’s own previous judgment.
A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the short order saying the petition was “rejected”.
The verdict left the 64-year-old Jamaat moneyman with only to plea for clemency from the President as the last resort to save his neck.
In instant reactions to media Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the judgment relieved him as Ali received what he actually deserved.
The attorney general said the procedure now requires the country’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-BD) to receive the judgment and convey it to the prison authorities, which in turn will convey the apex court decision to the death-row convict.
“He (Ali) will decide whether he will plea for presidential clemency. If he chooses the option of seeking clemency, he will have to file a written plea to the President,” the attorney general said.
Once he files the clemency plea, Alam said the execution procedure will be halted till the disposal of his plea and if he refrains from filing the clemency plea or if his plea is rejected, there would be no bar to execute him. The judgment came as on August 28, the Appellate Division wrapped up the review petition hearing.
A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order rejecting a time plea from Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, chief counsel for Ali.
Earlier on June 19, the 1971 Al-Badr commander, notoriously known as Bengali Khan for his close association with Pakistani occupation army known as Khan Sena, filed the 68-page review plea to the department concerned of the apex court, seeking acquittal on 14 grounds.
On June 6, 2016, the apex court released the full text of its 244-page judgment. Source : BSS