JI Leader gets Death Sentence from Supreme Court of Bangladesh

Abdul-Quader-Molla gets Death SentenceJNN 18 Sept 2013 Dhaka : Bangladesh’s top court has sentenced a senior opposition leader of Jamaat e Islami to death for mass murder during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

Abdul Quader Molla, 65, the fourth-highest-ranked leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is the first politician to be found guilty by the country’s Supreme Court after it overturned an appeal to acquit him of all charges.

“The court enhanced his life sentence to the death penalty,” prosecutor Mohammad Ali said on Tuesday.

Lawyers said a five-strong Appellate Division bench threw away the defense appeal for acquittal of the Jamaat-e-Islami’s Assistant Secretary General.

The defense lawyer Tajul Islam said: “We are stunned by the verdict. This is the first time in South Asian judicial history that a trial court sentence has been enhanced by a Supreme Court.”

Jamaat-e-Islami has called for a 48-hour general strike to start on Wednesday. The original life sentence delivered in February triggered widespread protests including by secular protesters angry over the apparent leniency of the sentence.

Tens of thousands of secularists massed at a square in Dhaka for weeks, demanding the execution of Molla, describing him as the notorious Butcher of Mirpur, responsible for the murder of hundreds of innocent villagers in a Dhaka suburb during the war.

The protests forced parliament to change the war crimes laws, allowing the prosecution to appeal against the verdict and seek the death penalty in the Supreme Court.

International Crimes Tribunals

Bangladesh has been in upheaval since the current government set up two war crimes tribunals to try those suspected of links to excesses during the liberation war.

About 300,000 people were said to have been killed during the war, though the current government puts the death toll at 3 million. More than 2,50,000 women were also allegedly raped during the period.

Jamaat sided with Pakistan during the liberation war, but denies any role in the crimes. Several of its top leaders are being tried for crimes during the war and four of them have already been sentenced to death for mass murder, rape and religious persecution

In August, Bangladesh’s High Court declared the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami illegal, banning it from contesting January’s general election.

Secular protesters have long demanded that Jamaat be banned from public office for its role in the 1971 war of independence, during which it opposed Bangladesh’s breakaway from Pakistan.

rebels, in turn, also held rival demonstrations across the country, calling the sentence politically charged, and sparking violent clashes between police and supporters of Jamaat. About 150 people have been killed across the country in sporadic spells of violence.


2 thoughts on “JI Leader gets Death Sentence from Supreme Court of Bangladesh

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  2. This is the first time to here,that any aghora Moulana of islamic culture is punishd for the giving of Fatava the freedom of common rape and murder against islam. Where as the other contries are still in the same cricis to obay Moulana or accept islam. On the name of jihad rape & murder is still the reciprocal power against islamic purity. To declare the Punishment 40 years they have taken for the guilty evils Mufti of javaz and Mubah_for this kind of 40 years of Mubah Even Bangladesh is not muslim. Because for Islamic court this was the matter of only four days to declare. Allahkarim.

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