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Death warrant for war criminal Qaiser reaches jail

22 Oct 2020 13:34, Somoy English Desk
Death warrant for war criminal Qaiser reaches jail
Death warrant for war criminal Qaiser reaches jail

The death warrant issued by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) for condemned war criminal former Jatiya Party state minister Syed Mohammad Qaiser for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 has reached Dhaka Central Jail.

The death warrant wrapped in red clothes reached the jail on Thursday.

The tribunal issued the death warrant after a copy of the Appellate Division’s full verdict upholding his death sentence reached it.

On October 21, the Appellate Division released the text of its full verdict.

On January 14 last, the Appellate Division upheld the death sentence of the former Jatiya Party state minister for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

Meanwhile, defence will get 15 days for filing a review petition and if the review plea is rejected, they can seek mercy to the President, ICT Registrar Sayeed Ahmed told Somoy News.

Now-defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 on December 23, 2014, sentenced Qaiser to death as the 14 charges out of total 16 framed against him were proven beyond any doubt.

The tribunal handed down the death penalty to him in seven charges, life imprisonment in four charges, jail term of 10, 7 and 5 years in three charges and was acquitted in the remaining two charges. But the jail term will naturally get merged into the sentence of death.

The tribunal in its observation also asked the state to initiate a compensation scheme for the rape victims of 1971 and the ‘war babies’ – children of women raped by the Pakistan army or anti-liberation forces.

Qaiser filed an appeal against his conviction on January 19, 2015.

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