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SC confirms death penalty for ATM Azhar

Dhaka, Oct 31 (BAN/ AD): ATM Azhar was sentenced death penalty in 2014 by ICT 1 in case related to war crimes. Now SC has upheld the death sentence against war criminal and former Jamaat-e-Islami leader ATM Azharul Islam. On Thursday 4 member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by the Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, gave the verdict.

ATM Azhar had filed appeal against International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) verdict that sentenced him to death for war crimes on January 28, 2015.

The Appellate Division started hearing arguments on the appeal on June 18. On July 10 the bench completed the hearing and deferred the matter as a Case Awaiting Verdict (CAV).

The tribunal found him guilty in five of the six charges. Azhar, with Jamaat and Chhatra Sangha activists, collaborated with the Pakistan Army and attacked villages in Rangpur on April 17, 1971. Around 1200 Hindus were killed their houses were looted and houses burnt. The incident is said to be the single biggest act of genocide in the war.

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