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Supreme Court upholds Maulana Nizami’s death penalty, review plea dismissed
Thursday, 05 May 2016

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the review petition upholding death sentence for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and former minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami. 

The SC passed the verdict by rejecting appeals top Jamaat leader to review his death penalty for alleged crimes against humanity during the country`s 1971 War of Independence. 

A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha delivered the verdict at 11:30am on Thursday. 

The other members of the bench are Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Hasan Fayez Siddique and Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain. 

On March 29, Maulana Nizami filed the petition mentioning 46 grounds in a 70-page appeal praying to acquit him of all charges on which he was found guilty and awarded the death penalty.

The SC upheld his death sentences on three charges and life term imprisonment on two other charges on January 6, 2016. 

This was the last legal step which could be adopted by the accused side. Though there is a provision for an accused to beg mercy to the President Abdul Hamid but still there is no sign from Maulana Nizami’s side to try the last step. Earlier, 3 Jamaat leaders martyr Abdul Quader Molla, martyr Kamaruzzaman and martyr Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid did not follow the step of begging mercy before their execution.

Earlier, Nizami was awarded the death penalty by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on October 29, 2014. He was awarded life imprisonment on four other charges.

A death warrant was also issued following the upheld on March 15 against Nizami and the hearing was deferred until May 3 on the review plea.