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Verdict on convict Kamaruzzaman’s appeal today

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Court Correspondent
The Supreme Court today will deliver its verdict on the appeal filed by condemned convict war criminal M Kamaruzzaman, assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e Islami, challenging the tribunal sentence, according to Monday’s SC cause list released on Sunday afternoon.
Closing the arguments on appeal, a four-member Appellate Division bench, headed by Justice SK Sinha, on September 17 kept its verdict pending to be delivered any day. The appeal hearing began on June 5.
On May 9 last year, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 condemned M Kamaruzzaman to death for his crimes against humanity, including murder, abduction torture, rape and mass killing, during the country’ s Liberation War in 1971.
On June 6 last year, the condemned convict filed the appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the ICT-2 verdict.
On June 4, 2012, the tribunal charged detained M Kamaruzzaman with seven crimes against humanity committed during the war.
Eighteen prosecution witnesses, including the investigation officer of the case, testified against Kamaruzzaman. Five people also testified for the accused.
Of the seven charges against Kamaruzzaman, including murder, mass killing, abduction and torture, five were proved beyond any doubt by the prosecution, while it failed to establish two similar charges -- abduction and torture of Liakat Ali and Mujibur Rahman Panu in Chwakbazar of Sherpur and Tunu and Jahangir in Golkibari of Mymensingh.
The ICT-2 awarded capital punishment to Kamaruzzaman on two charges -- for mass killing in Shohagpur in July, 1971 and for abduction, torture and killing of Golam Mustafa Talukder in the village Gridda Narayanpur of Sherpur in August 1971.
The Jamaat leader was also sentenced to life term imprisonment for the charges of abduction, torture and killing of Badiuzzaman in the village Ramnagar of Sherpur in June 1971 and killing of six people, including Tepu Mia and Zahurul Islam in Mymensingh. The tribunal further sentenced him to 10 years' imprisonment for inhuman torture of Syed Abdul Hannan, the then principal of Sherpur College, in mid-May 1971.