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SC verdict on war criminal Azharul any day

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Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com | 10 July 2019, 02:28PM

SC verdict on war criminal Azharul any day
War crime convict and Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam./File Photo

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will deliver its verdict against war criminal and Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam any day.

The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, on Wednesday completed hearing of arguments from both the state and defense on an appeal, filed by Azharul challenging the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) verdict that sentenced him to death. 

Azharul, along with Jamaat and Chhatra Sangha activists, collaborated with the Pakistan Army and attacked villages around Jharhuar Beel on Apr 17, 1971.

They torched and looted houses and killed over 1,200 Hindus. Another 200 Hindus were detained and later killed at an undisclosed location. The incident is said to be the single biggest act of genocide in the war.

On June 18, the Appellate Division started the hearing on the appeal filed the war criminal.

On December 30, 2014, ICT-1 gave Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam a death sentence for his war crimes committed in Rangpur. He was found guilty on five of six charges.

Azhar filed his appeal on January 28, 2015.