Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quader Mollah deserves death penalty

Attorney general tells SC

The offences committed by Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah during the 1971 Liberation War are so grave that he deserves nothing but the death sentence, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the Supreme Court yesterday.
The activities of the anti-liberation forces, including Razakars and Al Badr, in 1971 exceeded the brutality, inhumanity and cruelty of Adolf Hitler during World War II, he said.
The attorney general was placing arguments before the apex court on the seventh day of the hearing on the government’s appeal against the February 5 verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2.
ICT-2 had sentenced Mollah to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of five charges including murdering civilians. The Appellate Division fixed today for further hearing on the appeal.
Mahbubey Alam said there was no illegality and unconstitutionality in the amendment to the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 which allows the government to appeal against inadequate punishment of a convict.
Mollah’s lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain argued that the government amended the ICT act intentionally and vindictively.
The government’s appeal against his client is not acceptable as the government amended the act after the ICT-2 delivered the verdict, he said.