Nizami now at Dhaka Central Jail

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Dhaka, May 9: The death row war convict and Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Motiur Rahman Nizami was brought at Dhaka Central Jail from Gazipur’s Kashimpur Jail amid tight security on late Sunday night.

It is widely expected that Nizami, who was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) for crimes against humanity, would be executed inside the Dhaka Central Jail on completion of his review verdict that given the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court last Thursday.

Chalkbazar police Inspector (Operations) Hafizur Rahman said that security has been tightened at the Central Jail premises at the order of high officials after they were informed that Nizami is being brought from Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur at Dhaka Central Jail.

Seveal mobile teams of police are patrolling around the central jail, he said.

Regarding the execution of Nizami’s death sentence, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “I can’t say when his (Nizami) death sentence would be executed. Nizami’s death sentence would be executed after completion of all the legal processes.”

If Nizami declined to seek mercy to the president for his life, the jail authority can execute the verdict any moment.

Earlier, a review petition of Nizami which was the war criminal’s last legal battle was rejected by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

Now, he will have the chance to seek presidential pardon. If he does not receive it or opts to not seek clemency, the government will carry out the death sentence.

Earlier on Saturday Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh in a statement said, “Question doesn’t arise at all to seek mercy to anybody else except Allah.”

Nizami had also told his family members that he would not seek presidential clemency when his wife, two sons and a daughter went Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur to meet him on Friday following the rejection of his review petition against death sentence.

Barrister Najib Momen, eldest son of Nizami, said: “He (Nizami) will not seek clemency to the President.”

“I want to state it clearly that Allah is sole owner of life. So, question doesn’t arise at all to seek mercy to anybody else except Allah. I bid my saalam to the countrymen and seek blessings of them so that I can remain steadfast till the last moment of my life. I am ready to sacrifice myself for the satisfaction of Allah. There is no weakness inside me. I did not commit any crime. This government has hatched conspiracy to kill me out of political vengeance. It will be great achievement in my life if Allah gives me the death of a martyr,” Momen said, quoting his father as saying.

Nizami was the chief of Jamaat’s student’ wing Islami Chhatra Sangha, members of which formed al-Badr militia. The tribunal verdict said Nizami had civil superior responsibility in the commission of the offences as chief of both Chhatra Sangha and al-Badr in 1971.

The review petition was the war criminal’s last legal battle. Now, he will have the chance to seek presidential pardon. If he does not receive it or opts to not seek clemency, the government will carry out the death sentence.

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