SC upholds war criminal ATM Azhar’s death penalty



The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the death penalty of war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam for war crimes during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

A four-member Appellate bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, handed down the verdict on Thursday.

Earlier, the Appellate Division set October 31 for delivering the judgment on an appeal filed by the war criminal challenging his death sentence.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on June 18 started hearing the appeal filed by ATM Azharul Islam.

The first tribunal on December 30, 2014, sentenced then assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami to death for his crimes against humanity in Rangpur during the War of Liberation.

The tribunal found him guilty in five of the total six charges it had framed against him.

Azhar filed the appeal against his conviction on January 28, 2015

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