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Nizami’s counsel confesses crimes, pleads for commuting death

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Jamaat ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami

Jamaat ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami

Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, chief counsel for  today pleaded for commuting his client’s death after confessing the crimes committed by his high-profile client during the War of Liberation, BSS reports.  Earlier on October 29, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 sentenced the Jamaat chief to death as the 72-year-old convict was found guilty in eight of the total 16 charges.

Nizami filed an appeal against his death sentence on November 23, 2014, and today (Wednesday) on the concluding day of defence arguments, Khandaker Mahbub’s hearing raised some eyebrows as he apparently acknowledged the crimes committed by then Jamaat-e-Islami and subsequently by the convict himself.

“What I have understood from the submission of the defence that for the first time, counsel of any top war crimes convict from Jamaat has confessed the crimes of his client.  “While concluding his arguments, Khandaker Mahbub said it is a historic matter that the killings had taken place and then Jamaat-e-Islami sided with those crimes, and Nizami supported those from his own political belief,” said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.

“Khandaker Mahbub further said, if Nizami really did this, I am again pleading for commuting his death considering his age and good behaviour,” the chief law officer of the state added.  The prosecution is scheduled to place their part of arguments on December 7, followed by defence rebuttal the next day.

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