SC upholds war criminal Qaisar’s death penalty


DHAKA, Jan 14, 2020 (BSS) – The Supreme Court (SC) today
upheld the death sentence of Jatiya Party leader and former state
minister Syed Mohammad Qaiser for his collaboration in crimes
against humanity committed during the War of Liberation in 1971.

A four-member appellate division bench, led by Chief Justice
Syed Mahmud Hossain, delivered the verdict this morning.

However, the convicted is allowed to file a petition with the
Supreme Court seeking review of its judgment, after he receives
the certified copy of the verdict from the court. Earlier, on
February 2, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 indicted
Qaisar to 16 charges.

On December 23, 2014 the ICT-2 awarded him death penalty on
the charges crimes against humanity in Habiganj area during the
country’s Liberation War by forming an anti-liberation group named
“Qaisar Group”.

Later, Qaisar filed an appeal with the appellate division
seeking acquittal of the charges in which he has been convicted
and sentenced.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was prosecutor in the appeal
court while SM Shahjahan stood as defense lawyer.