SC fixes April 3 for hearing Nizami’s review plea
30 March 2016, Nirapad News: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today fixed April 3 for hearing the review plea of death row convict and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, a day after he filed the petition, court officials said.
They said apex’s court’s chamber judge Mirza Hossain Haider fixed the date as the 1971 war crimes convict sought to get reviewed his death penalty 13 days after the top court itself upheld the sentence.
Nizami’s son Barrister Nazib Momin earlier said the 70-page petition pointed out 46 causes to justify the convict’s appeal seeking cancellation of the apex court verdict.
The petition came on the 13th day of the stipulated 15 days timeframe for a death row convicts to seek reversal of their capital punishments.
A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on January 6 last upheld the major war crimes convict’s maximum punishment nearly 18 months after the country’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-BD) handed him down the death penalty.
Nizami, now 75, headed the notorious Al-Badr secret killing force during the 1971 Liberation War.
He was served the death warrant reached to the suburban Kashimpur Central jail through the ICT-BD a day after the apex court confirmed his sentence.
ICT-BD-1 on October 29, 2014, sentenced Nizami, who was also the chief of Jamaat’s the then student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha, finding him guilty of eight out of 16 charges brought by the prosecution.