SC upholds war criminal Qaisar’s death penalty

DHAKA The Supreme Court (SC) today

upheld the death sentence of Jatiya Party leader and former state

minister Syed Mohammad Qaiser for his collaboration in crimes

against humanity committed during the War of Liberation in 1971.

A four-member appellate division bench, led by Chief Justice

Syed Mahmud Hossain, delivered the verdict this morning.

However, the convicted is allowed to file a petition with the

Supreme Court seeking review of its judgment, after he receives

the certified copy of the verdict from the court. Earlier, on

February 2, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 indicted

Qaisar to 16 charges.

On December 23, 2014 the ICT-2 awarded him death penalty on

the charges crimes against humanity in Habiganj area during the

country's Liberation War by forming an anti-liberation group named

Qaisar Group.

Later, Qaisar filed an appeal with the appellate division

seeking acquittal of the charges in which he has been convicted

and sentenced.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was prosecutor in the appeal

court while SM Shahjahan stood as defense lawyer.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)