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Mujahid’s verdict today

16 June 2015 bdnews24.com

The verdict on an appeal by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid against the death sentence awarded to him by a war crimes tribunal will be announced on Tuesday.It has been included at the top of the day's cause-list at the Supreme Court.On May 27, a four-strong appellate bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha had set the date after conclusion of the hearing.On July 17, 2013, the second war crimes tribunal sentenced the Jamaat secretary general to death after finding him guilty of five of the seven war crime charges levelled against him.The former Al-Badr commander moved the Appellate Division on Aug 11 the same year, challenging the verdict that condemned him to be 'hanged by the neck'.He was found guilty of unleashing his ruthless militia on unarmed intellectuals and of mass murders he had planned and executed during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.The hearing on Mujhahid's appeal was held for nine days. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued for the state while Khandker Mahbub Hossain and SM Shahjahan represented the defence.The Supreme Court has so far issued verdicts in three war crimes cases. Jamaat Assistant Secretaries General Abdul Qauder Molla and Mohammad Kamaruzzaman were sent to the gallows after it upheld the death sentences awarded to them for crimes against humanity.But it reduced punishment for Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee from death to life imprisonment. The full copy of Sayedee's appellate verdict was yet to be released.Jamaat kingpin Ghulam Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after the 91-year-old was found guilty by the war crimes tribunal.His appeal was dismissed after his death in October 2014. The appeal by former BNP minister Abdul Alim was also disposed of after his death.

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