Appellate Division adjourns Mir Quasem’s hearing
02 February 2015, Nirapad News: The Supreme Court has adjourned convicted war criminal Mir Quasem Ali’s appeal hearing for a week following a defence plea.
The four-strong Appellate Bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Tuesday scheduled the next hearing for Feb 9.
The Jamaat-e-Islami leader was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 for crimes against humanity on Nov 2, 2014.
A top financier of the party, he filed an appeal seeking acquittal on Nov 30 that year.
Mir Quasem is said to have been the third man in vigilante militia Al-Badr’s command structure during the 1971 Liberation War.
Under his command local collaborators of Pakistan Army let loose a reign of terror to suppress the freedom struggle of Bengalis in Chittagong.
His lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, aided by SM Shahjahan, pleaded for more time after the hearing began at noon.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Deputy Attorney General Ekramul Haque Tutul and Assistant Attorney General Bashir Ahmed represented the state.
“Mir Quasem’s lawyers sought a week. The court accepted the plea and announced the adjournment. The next hearing will be held on Feb 9,” said Ahmed.
An executive council member of Jamaat, he was arrested on June 17 last year from the office of newspaper Naya Diganta less than two hours after the tribunal issued a warrant for his arrest.
He was elected a member of the Pakistan Chhatra Sangha’s provincial working council on Nov 6 and became the general secretary of its East Pakistan wing during the Liberation War.