Dhaka, May 9: The full text of the verdict on review petition of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami has reached at International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) after the judges concerned signed on it on Monday.
The full text of the verdict was sent to the ICT from the Supreme Court registrar office.
Additional Registrar Arunabh Chatterjee took the verdict copy to Tribunal around 5:10 pm on Monday.
Now there is no legal barrier against proceeding with Nizami’s execution. Nizami will have only one final option – to beg for mercy from the president.
The ICT’s registrar office said the full text of the verdict would be sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The ministry will then send the verdict to the Dhaka Central Jail authorities. Later, the jail authorities will execute the verdict according to the government fixed date and time.
However, sources at the Dhaka Central Jail (DCJ) said, the jail authorities had already received the copy of verdict of Nizami’s review rejection in the evening.
In the 22-page verdict, the Appellate Division bench observed that “the accused deserves death sentence only for brutal and barbaric killings. In such a situation, there is no scope to reduce his punishment.”
Earlier, the full text of the verdict was released after Chief Justice SK Sinha, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqui signed it on Monday afternoon.
On Thursday last, the Appellate Division of SC upheld the death penalty rejecting the review petition filed by Motiur Rahman Nizami against his death penalty for crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.
An Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice S.K. Sinha rejected the review petition. Through the rejection, all the legal options for Nizami were exhausted.
Attorney General Mahbub-e-Alam told a press conference on Monday that the legal process into the trial of Nizami was completed through the release of the verdict.
Nizami was brought at Dhaka Central Jail by an ambulance from Kashimpur Jail under police escort before Sunday midnight. He was then kept in a condemned cell inside the Dhaka Central Jail.
If the Jamaat chief declines to seek submit a mercy petition to the president, the jail authorities will start the process of executing him inside the Dhaka Central Jail.
Earlier on March 29, the Jamaat chief filed the review petition against the death penalty handed down to him for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
The ICT issued death warrant for the Jamaat chief hours after the apex court released its full verdict on March 15.
On October 29, 2014, the ICT-1 sentenced Nizami to death for committing crimes against humanity, including genocide and the murder of intellectuals, during the liberation war.
The tribunal sentenced Nizami, the 1971 commander-in-chief of the Al Badr killing squad, to death for each of four counts of charges of war crimes, terming Al Badr a criminal outfit.
On November 23, 2014, Nizami filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the death sentence and claimed himself innocent and sought to be cleared of the charges.
On January 6 this year, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, upheld the capital punishment for Nizami.