SC reopens today with three major war crimes cases on table
01 November 2015, Nirapad News: The Supreme Court (SC) will resume its regular activities from today after around one and a half months of vacation, reports BSS.
The apex court went into recess on September 20, leaving the division benches of the High Court and vacation bench of Appellate Division Chamber Judge to deal with the urgent matters.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear three major war crimes cases against Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, in the opening week of November.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear petitions of Mojaheed and Salauddin on November 2, seeking review of its orders that upheld their death sentences for committing crimes against humanity.
The court of Appellate Division Chamber Judge set the date on October 20. Both the convicts lodged their respective pleas on October 14.
Meanwhile, Salauddin on October 19 submitted an unprecedented petition, pleading to allow as many as eight defence witnesses to testify for him in review hearing.
The eight are – former Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Miah Sumro, former Pakistani Railways Minister Ishak Khan Khakwani, Pakistani Dawn Group chairman Ambar Harun Saigal, Pakistani social activist Munib Arjumand Khan, Viqarunnisa Noon’s grandson Riyaj Ahmed Noon, US diplomat Osman Siddique, Judge of Bangladesh High Court Justice Shamim Hasnain and his mother Zinnat Ara Begum.
Though there is no such instance of allowing witnesses to testify during review hearing, the defence emphasised the inherent power of the Apex Court. The prosecution however, termed the plea as an attempt to “frustrate the verdict of the court.”
The Appellate Division is also set to hear the appeal lodged by Jamaat chief Nizami, challenging the death sentence handed down to him by the International Crimes tribunal
(ICT)-1, on November 3. The court on September 9 adjourned the hearing, leaving the prosecution and defence arguments incomplete.