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Mir Quasem’s review hearing adjourned till Aug 28
Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till Sunday (August 28) on the petition filed by central leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Mir Quasem Ali seeking review of its earlier verdict that upheld his death penalty.

A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order after hearing on the petition that started this (Wednesday) morning. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state while Khandker Mahbub Hossain moved for the defence.

At the beginning of today’s hearing, Khandker Mahbub sought for more time saying that the defence could not take due preparation for the hearing, as the son of the accused, who is also a Barrister and important member of the defence council is missing since last 9th August. The plain cloth law enforcers had picked him up from his residence on that day. Till now, neither no one is admitting his arrest nor he has been produced before the court.

However, the review petition had been kept as item no 5 of the Appellate Division’s cause list today for the hearing. Earlier the bench was scheduled to hear the petition on July 25.

However, it deferred the hearing until August 24 as the defence counsels filed a petition seeking adjournment of the hearing for two months.

Earlier on June 20, Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Hasan Foez Siddique fixed July 25 for hearing the pleas following a petition filed by the state.

On June 19, Barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, son of Mir Quasem, filed a 68-page review petition with the Appellate Division seeking his father’s acquittal.

The SC released the full text of its verdict upholding the death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 to Mir Quasem Ali for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

On March 8, the Appellate Division upheld his death penalty. On November 2, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mir Quasem Ali to death.

On November 30, 2014, he filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty.