Dhaka-The Supreme Court has deferred until August 24 the hearing on a petition challenged by the death row convict Mir Quasem Ali against the apex court’s verdict that upheld his death sentence, court officials said on Monday.
The five member strong bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha issued the order.
Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Uddin Ahmed moved the court on behalf of the Quasem and prayed two-month deferent due to the current prevailing situation.
The apex court passed the order deferring the hearing for a month following the senior lawyer’s plea on hearing of the review petition.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam took part in the court on behalf of the state side.
On July 24, the death convict filed praying for a time petition of two months with the SC on his review plea hearing against the verdict that awarded his death sentence.
On June 21 the Supreme Court set the date on July 25 to hear the review petition.
On June19, Quasem filed the 68-page review plea to the department concerned of the apex court.
On June, 6, a special tribunal issued the death warrant for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali.
On June, 7, the prison authorities read out the death warrants to Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali.
Quasem Ali, who was a leader of al-Badr force that aided the Pakistan army to carry out atrocities on unarmed civilians, was convicted of crimes against humanity in November 2014.
He challenged the verdict with Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the same year but the court upheld the death sentence in March 2016.
Once the review petition is settled by the SC, then the only option will remain for war crimes convict to seek presidential clemency.
If the Jamaat leader refused to seek the presidential mercy, then he will be ordered to be executed by the prison authorities.
The war crimes tribunal had awarded death penalty Quasem, now 64, on November 3, 2014.
As many as 24 prosecution witnesses testified against Quasem.
The tribunal delivered the death penalty on two charges – for killing seven people, including teenage freedom fighter Jasimuddin, after abduction.
He was also penalized a total of 72-year imprisonment on the eight other proven charges of abduction, conspiracy and planning.
Quasem joined Islami Chhatra Sangha, then student wing of Jamaat, in 1967 while he was studying at Chittagong Collegiate School.
He later became its Chittagong city unit general secretary and played a key role in forming al-Badr Bahini.
He had established makeshift torture camps at different places in the port city, Chittagong.
The government claims that Quasem has also invested a vast amount of money abroad to make the war crimes trials controversial.
Bangladesh has already hanged Motiur Rahman Nizami, chief of Jamaat-e-Islami party, Ali Ahsan Mumannad Mujahid, Kamaruzzaman, Abdul Kader Mollah of the same party and Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury for war crimes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 set up the special tribunal to prosecute local collaborators of Pakistani military as both of them were responsible for wartime atrocities that left an estimated 3 million people killed, 200,000 women raped and numerous homesteads torched in the then eastern part of Pakistan.