Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013

War Trial Appeals

Ex-HC judge Amirul made state counsel

Ex-HC judge Amirul made state counsel

Former High Court judge Syed Amirul Islam has been appointed a state counsel to deal with appeals filed with the Supreme Court against the verdicts of war crimes tribunals.
He has been given the status of the attorney general, the law ministry said in a press release yesterday.
Amirul Islam retired as an HC judge in 2007, and practises law in the Supreme Court since then.
A law ministry official told this correspondent that the government appointed Amirul Islam as a state counsel to strengthen its team of law officers to smoothly handle the crimes against humanity cases in the SC.
The appointment came 10 days after the government filed an appeal with the SC seeking death penalty to Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah for each of the six charges against him for crimes committed during the Liberation war in 1971.
On February 5, the war crimes tribunal-2 sentenced the 65-year-old Jamaat leader to life imprisonment for five out of six charges of wartime criminal offences.
Mollah filed an appeal with the SC on March 4 seeking acquittal.
Two tribunals trying cases filed on charges of committing crimes against humanity in 1971 have so far delivered verdicts in three cases, including one against Mollah.
In two separate verdicts, the tribunals awarded death penalty to Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee and former member of the party Abul Kalam Azad, known as Bachchu Razakar.
Sayedee’s lawyers said their client will file an appeal with the SC against his death sentence. Bachchu Razakar is absconding.