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SC defers Mir Quasem Ali’s review plea hearing for a month
Monday, 25 July 2016
The Supreme Court today deferred until August 24 the hearing on a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami’s central executive committee member and renowned entrepreneur Mir Quasem Ali against the apex court’s judgment that upheld his death penalty in a controversial case of war crimes.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division came up with the order a day after the lawyer of Mir Quasem Ali filed a time petition seeking a two month deferment on hearing of the review petition.

On June 21, the bench fixed today (July 25) for starting the hearing on the petition.

Quasem submitted the petition to the apex court through his lawyers on June 19, seeking review of its verdict that had upheld his death penalty for the crimes he committed during the Liberation War in 1971.

In the petition, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader prayed to the SC to acquit him of all seven charges on which he was found guilty.

The International Crimes Tribunal on June 6 issued a death warrant against Quasem hours after the SC had released the full text of its verdict upholding his death sentence.

On November 2 of 2014, the ICT-2 handed down capital punishment on the 63-year-old Jamaat leader.

On March 8 this year, the Appellate Division upheld the ICT-2 verdict. Later Mir Quasem was shifted to the Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur prison in Gazipur on June 20.