International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Thursday handed death penalty to Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Jamat-e-islami leader for his crimes during liberation war 1971. Justice Obaidul Hassan-led International Crimes Tribunal-2 gave out the verdict.
ICT-2 found him guilty of five out of seven charges leveled against him. The prosecution failed to prove rest two charges, it said while reading out an excerpt of the verdict. Besides death penalty for two charges, Kamaruzzaman was awarded life-term imprisonment in two cases and 10-year jail for the other offence.
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Kamaruzzaman was entered on the tribunal premises around 9:30 this morning maintaining heavy security. Around 11:15 pm, Justice Mohammad Shahinur Islam of the tribunal began reading the summary of the judgment.
According to tribunal judges, the charges brought by the prosecution, Kamaruzzaman was the ‘chief organiser’ of the Al-Badr, a militant outfit formed to assist the Pakistan army to thwart Bangladesh’s freedom struggle in 1971, of greater Mymensingh region. He was sentenced to death on charges of genocide at Shohagpur and murder of Golam Mostafa. The Jamaat leader was given life in prison for killing Badiuzzaman and the murder of five. Ten years of imprisonment has been given out for torturing Lecturer Syed Abdul Hannan.
The ruling observed that it was only the Jamaat-e-Islami which formed Al Badr, Al Shams and several other armed organisations to commit crimes against humanity across the country in 1971.
After hearing the judgement, Kamaruzzaman stood up and said that it was wrong. Later, his lawyer Abdur Razzaq told, we will appeal against the judgment.
On the other hand, tribunal’s prosecution and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said, they are happy over the verdict.
As we posted yesterday, Kamaruzzaman was one of the key leaders of Al Badr who help Pakistani army during the liberation war. International Crimes Tribunal-2 fixed the date of judgement on Wednesday, after 22 days of completing the case proceedings.
Details of Charges and Punishment
International Crimes Tribunal-2 have already published the detailed version of the verdict against Kamaruzzaman, We just got the pdf file. Download it from the following link: