Bangladeshi Jammat loses final appeal against hanging
April 6 ,Dhakka:Bangladesh’s highest court Monday rejected a final appeal by a Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader to overturn his death sentence for atrocities committed during the 1971 war, clearing the last legal hurdle to his execution.
The review petition is “dismissed”, Chief Justice S K Sinha ruled at the Supreme Court, upholding Muhammad Kamaruzzaman’s original death sentence.
The 62-year-old’s only chance of avoiding the gallows will be if he is granted clemency by President Abdul Hamid.But analysts say prospects of a reprieve are remote as the ruling effectively confirms allegations that he was one of the chief organisers of a pro-Pakistan militia which killed thousands of people.A controversial domestic war crimes tribunal had convicted Kamaruzzaman in May 2013 on charges of torture, abduction and mass killings in his role as a leader of the al-Badr militia during the war, which led to the creation of an independent Bangladesh from what was then East Pakistan.
Prosecutors said he presided over the massacre of at least 120 unarmed farmers who were lined up and gunned down in the remote northern village of Sohagpur.Three women who lost their husbands in the massacre testified against Kamaruzzaman in one of the most emotive of all the war crimes trials.
“He can now seek clemency from the president but it is up to him whether he wants to seek mercy or not,” his lawyer Shishir Monir told AFP.
The Oslo Times