Dhaka, Mar 16: Motiur Rahman Nizami, a death-row convict, who is also Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, will file a review petition seeking consideration of the death penalty that upheld by the appellate division of the Supreme Court.
The death warrant reached to the Super of Kashimpur Central Jail-2 on Wednesday morning, Prashanta Kumar Banik, the Jail Super of Kashimpur Central Jail-2, confirmed it to the media.
“The death warrant for Motiur Rahman Nizami reached Kashimpur Jail around 9:30am today (Wednesday) and it was read out to him (Nizami) around 10:00am. Nizami said he will file review petition against the verdict after discussing his lawyers,” the jail super said.
On Tuesday night, the warrant reached Dhaka Central Jail hours after the International Crimes Tribunal issued it.
At noon on the day, the Supreme Court released its full verdict uphelding death penalty.
In October 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down capital punishment to Nizami, the leader of infamous Al-Badr Bahini, for committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.
However, Nizami could file review petition with the SC within 15 days of receiving the copy of the full verdict.
The government could execute Nizami if he did not file the review petition within this deadline.
Meanwhile, Nizami`s chief lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain told reporters that his client would file a review petition with the SC within the deadline.
There are sufficient evidence and documents for reviewing in the judgment against Nizami, he claimed.
If the review petition is rejected, the last option for Nizami will be to seek presidential clemency.
In October 2014, the ICT-1 gave Nizami death penalty on four charges and life imprisonment on four more charges. He then challenged the ICT-1 verdict with the apex court.
The SC on January 6 this year unanimously upheld the death penalty of Nizami for masterminding the killing of intellectuals and his involvement in two incidents of mass killing of over 500 people in Pabna during the War of Liberation in 1971.
A four-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha upheld his death sentence on three charges and life imprisonment on two charges. It, however, acquitted him of the other three charges.
The other three judges of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique.
Nizami is the third former minister after Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to get death penalty for his notorious role during the 1971 war.
Jamaat secretary general Mojaheed, who was also the Al-Badr chief, was executed on November 22 last year