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Condemned convict Quasem files appeal

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Court Correspondent Condemned convict and Jamaat policymaker Mir Quasem Ali on Sunday filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Mir Quasem’s lawyers submitted the plea with the Appellate Division seeking acquittal of the charges. Emerging from the court Quasem’s lawyer Sishir Monir told reporters that the appeal was submitted showing 181 reasons. A total of 1,755 pages containing different information were attached with the 150-page appeal, he said. Convicting detained Mir Quasem Ali on charges of crimes against humanity, including murder, during the Liberation War, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on November 2 unanimously sentenced him to death. The tribunal handed down the capital punishment to Quasem on similar two counts of charges of abetting and facilitating the commission of the offences of murder as crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. Besides, the tribunal sentenced the war criminal, the Chittagong unit president of the then Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS) in 1971, to different jail terms of 72 years on eight counts of offences like abduction, confinement and torture to freedom fighters and freedom-loving unarmed civilians. The tribunal in its judgment kept one single capital punishment for execution and the remaining sentences of rigorous imprisonments will get merged into the death sentence. It, however, acquitted Quasem Ali, the main financier of Jamaat-e-Islami, of four counts of charges.