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Nizami verdict to be executed as soon, Law Minister says

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Staff Reporter
Law Minister Anisul Huq on Wednesday said the government will take all necessary legal steps to execute the capital punishment awarded by the ICT-1 to Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami though there is a point of appeal.
Observing that the government as well as he himself is happy with the Nizami verdict, the minister said the verdict will be executed as soon as possible after the Appellate Division judgment, if challenged.
He came up with the remarks while giving his instant reaction to UNB over phone to the verdict pronounced by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 condemning Nizami to death for crimes he committed against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
Describing the verdict as the fulfillment of one of the election pledges made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before the 2009 national election, Anisul Huq said as per the election manifesto, Sheikh Hasina attached highest importance to war crimes trial after assuming office in 2009.
About Nizami’s lawyers’ claim that the ICT has no authority to describe the trial as the expectations of the country’s people, Anisul Huq refuted it, saying: “Definitely, the tribunal has the jurisdiction.”
He also said the tribunal is conducting the war crimes trial maintaining neutrality and international standards while the government is providing only necessary assistance. “There’s no place to raise any question about the verdict,” Anisul Huq added.
Replying to a question, the minister said the proposals for amending the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act to try the associations involved in war crimes are likely to be placed before the Cabinet at its November 3 meeting.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu expressed his satisfaction over the verdict against Jamaat chief Nizami.
He also warned that tough action will be taken if anyone tries to create anarchy in the country over the verdict.
Earlier in the day, the ICT-1 condemned Nizami to death for crimes against humanity, including killing of intellectuals, during the 1971 Liberation War.