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This undated photo shows law enforcers taking war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman to a police van in the capital.

Kamaruzzaman to die for 1971 crimes

A tribunal in Dhaka today issued an execution of death warrant against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman in a war crimes case,reports news agency.    The International Crimes Tribunal-2 issued the warrant after receiving the full text of the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the death penalty of Kamaruzzaman for his crimes against humanity during 1971.

The copies of the death warrant, wrapped in red cloth, have been sent to Dhaka district magistrate, prison authorities and secretaries to the home and law ministries, Mustafizur Rahman, registrar of the ICT, told reporters at a briefing.   ICT Acting Deputy Registrar Aftab-uz-Zaman left the office at 1:03pm to deliver the copies, our tribunal correspondent reports from the spot.

The apex court yesterday released the full verdict on Kamaruzzaman’s appeal after all the four judges, who had delivered the verdict on November 3 last year by a majority decision, signed the 577-page judgment.   The judges are: Chief Justice SK Sinha, Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik.    With this development, Kamaruzzaman got 15 days to file a review petition with the Supreme Court to know the final say on its verdict that has upheld his death penalty for war crimes. The countdown however started yesterday, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday.

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