No appeal hearing of Nizami Tuesday
03 November 2015,Nirapad News: The appeal hearing of death row convict Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami will not be held on Tuesday following the absence of a senior Justice of the Appellate Division of Supreme Court (SC).
Earlier on September 9, a four-member bench of Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice (CJ) Surendra Kumar Sinha, started hearing of the appeal after rejecting the time petition filed by defense lawyers. It also fixed November 3 as next date.
Three other members of the bench are, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Hasan Foyez Siddique.
On February 24 in 2015, the Appellate Division ordered the prosecution and defendant to submit Nizami’s appeal synopsis by two weeks.
Later, both submitted the appeal synopsis before the apex court.
On August 18, Zainul Abedin Tuhin, Advocate on Record, sought two-week time after vacation of the apex court from September 18 to October 31.
Earlier on October 29 in 2014, the 3-member International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Nizami to death on charges of numbers 2, 4, 6, 16 and life-term imprisonment on 1, 3, 7 and 8 numbers of charges.
On November 23, Nizami challenged death penalty handed down by ICT-1 for crimes against humanity during liberation war in 1971.
Defense lawyer submitted an appeal plea of 6,252 pages to the Supreme Court Appellate Division showing 168 causes and sought acquittal from the charges.