A four-judge of the Appellate Division in a majority decision on Tuesday upheld death sentence of Jatiya Party’s former state minister Syed Md Qaiser for aiding, facilitating and participating in atrocities in different areas of the then Habiganj subdivision and Nasirnagar in the then Brahmanbaria subdivision during the Liberation War.
Qaiser’s death sentence was upheld in three charges relating to mass raping of a girl at the army camp at Jagadishpur High School, murdering 108 civilians and exterminating 22 villages in Nasirnagar and another seven at Shaestaganj Duk Bungalow.
His death sentenced was commuted to life in three charges relating to raping a girl at Chanpur tea garden in Chunarughat, Habiganj, murdering Dr Salehuddin and Hirendra Chandra Roy at Laskarpur and murdering Shah Firoz Ali and torturing Shah Hossain Ali at army camp at R&H Duk bungalow, Shaestaganj.
The Appellate Division, however, acquitted Qaiser by setting aside the International Crimes Tribunal 2’s verdict which had awarded death sentence for murdering four civilians and causing mental and physical harm to pro-liberation villager in Krishnanagar.
On December 23, 2014 the ICT 2 handed death to Qaiser finding him guilty of the seven charges.
The tribunal had also jailed Qaiser for life finding him guilty of seven other war crimes and acquitted him of one charge.
Out of the 14 charges, the Appellate Division upheld convictions in eight and acquitted in four.
The bench chaired by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain pronounced the verdict after allowing Qaiser’s appeal in part.
Three other judges were Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Md Nuruzzaman.
It was the Appellate Division’s nine verdict.
Appeals of three other war crime convicts became ineffective as they died during pendency of hearing by the Appellate Division.
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