Appeal hearing of war criminal Azhar starts
Published: 04:50 PM, 18 June 2019 Updated: 04:52 PM, 18 June 2019
The hearing of Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam, who has received a death penalty for the crimes against humanity, has started.
The hearing started on Tuesday in the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice. Advocate Zainul Abedin started the hearing. And Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was present for the state.
Earlier on April 10, the court fixed the date for the hearing.
On December 30, 2014, the International Crimes Tribunal gave death penalty to Azhar.
ATM Azharul Islam was charged with six anti-humanitarian crimes such as genocide, killing of 1256 people, kidnapping 17 people, raping one, detaining 13 people, and robbery and arson in hundreds of homes and houses during the Liberation War 1971.
Apart from number 1, the remaining five charges have been proved by the tribunal’s verdict. In addition to the allegation of Superior Responsibility, he was an Al-Badar Commander during the Liberation War, was also proved in the verdict.
On January 28, 2015, his lawyers appealed for acquittal for Azhar with 113 arguments. Appellate Division branch submitted an appeal of 2340 pages with a 90-page main appeal.