SC upholds death penalty of SQ Chowdhury

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , July 29, 2015

Newsworld desk:

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Wednesday upheld death sentence for BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

A four-member Appellate Division bench of SC, headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, handed down the verdict. It was for the fifth time, the Supreme Court declared verdict on war crimes.

On 1 October, 2013, the International Criminal Tribunal-1 sentenced the BNP leader to death.

Later on 29 October, Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury filed an appeal with Appellate Division of the SC challenging the verdict of the ICT-1.

The appeal hearing started on 16 June. The court fixed 29 July for declaring verdict after closing the hearing on 7 July this year.

Salahuddin was convicted in nine out of total 23 charges. The apex court sentenced him to death in four charges.

The ICT-1 sentenced Salahuddin for killing Nutan Chandra Sinha (3rd charge), founder of the Kundeshwari Oishodhaloy, mass killing in Banikpara (5th charge) and Unashattorpara (6th charge), and killing Awami League leader Sheikh Mozaffar Ahmed and his son Sheikh Alamgir (8th charge).

He was jailed for 20 years in 2nd, 4th, and 7th charges. He has been sentenced for five years in 17th and 18th charges.

On December 16, 2010, police arrested Salahuddin at Banani in the capital in a vehicle torching case.

He was later shown arrested following a warrant issued by the tribunal.

On 4 April, 2012, the tribunal framed charges against the BNP leader and started prosecution in war crimes cases.

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