Tuesday, 15th June 2021

ATM Azharul Islam meets lawyers in prison

Dhaka, Nov 02 (BAN/ AD): On Friday ATM Azharul Islam met lawyers in Kashimpur prison. He is convicted of war crimes and is sentenced to death. He is ex member of the Jamaat-e-Islami and is sentenced for crimes against humanity in Rangpur during the Liberation War.

On Friday around 10 am a group of five lawyers sat down with Azharul. This was confirmed by Bikash Raihan, jailor of Kashimpur High Security Jail. Jailor said “They stayed for about 15 minutes. They spoke about a review petition which Azharul agreed to.”

None of Azharul’s family members have visited him since the Supreme Court verdict, according to Bikash. A former Jamaat assistant secretary general, Azharul led the then student affiliate Islami Chhatra Sangha and the notorious Al-Badr militia for his killing mission in Rangpur during Bangladesh’s struggle for freedom from Pakistan.

He is sentenced by International Crimes Tribunal relating to death of over 1,400 people, rape of many women, abduction and torture in Rangpur during the 1971 Independence War. ATM Azharul Islam had challenged the verdict but the Appellate Division on Thursday affirmed the death penalty handed down by the war crimes tribunal.

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