The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday will deliver judgment on two appeals against the judgment of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah to life term imprisonment for perpetrating crimes against humanity during the Liberation War 42 years ago.
Keeping pending the verdict for 55 days after closing the hearings on the appeals, the five-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice M Muzammel Hossain set the date for pronouncing the final judgment.
The four other members of the bench are Justices SK Sinha, M Abdul Wahhab Miah, Syed Mahmud Hossain and AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury.
The matter will come up on Tuesday’s cause list as item no. 1 for announcement of judgment.
On July 23, after exhausting 39 working days, the apex court wrapped up the hearings on both the appeals and kept waiting for the verdict to be delivered any day.
Lifer Quader Mollah through his counsel filed appeal against the ICT judgment seeking acquittal on all charges, while the government submitted an appeal seeking death penalty for Mollah for each of the six charges brought against him.
On February 5, convicting detained Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah on five counts of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, the International Crimes Tribunnal-2 unanimously sentenced him to life term imprisonment.
The 65-year-old Jamaat leader was found guilty of the offences of crimes against humanity, including murders of pro-liberation civilian Pallab, an inhabitant of Nawabpur in old Dhaka city, poet Meherrunnesa and her family, journalist Khandker Abu Taleb of the daily Ittefaq, and mass killings at Alubdi, and killing of Hazrat Ali, then Awami League leader, along with his family followed by rape.
Five charges of crimes against humanity out of six allegations against Quader Mollah were proved beyond any reasonable doubt. The ICT, however, acquitted him of Ghatar Char and Bhawal Khan Bari killings as the prosecution failed to prove the charge made against him beyond any reasonable doubt.
SC to deliver verdict today on Quader Mollah appeals