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Mollah challenges war crimes verdict

Times National Desk - March 5th, 2013

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah on Monday challenged the life term imprisonment awarded by a war crimes tribunal for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Claiming himself to innocent, the Jamaat assistant secretary general termed the February 5 judgement as “wrong” and appealed with the Supreme Court for acquittal from the charges.
Finding him guilty of five wartime criminal offences, the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced the 65-year-old to life in prison and acquitted him from the charge of killing hundreds of people at Ghatar Char and Bhawal Khan Bari at Keraniganj in the capital.
The appeal came just a day after the government submitted petition with the Supreme Court seeking death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah for each of the six charges leveled against him.
Mollah’s lawyers led by chief counsel Tajul Islam submitted the 90-page appeal petition at the appeal section of the Supreme Court.
The convict attached around 3,000 documents in support of his petition.