A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Bangladesh government to annul the death sentence against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali, and “re-try him in compliance with international standards”.
The request was made on Tuesday as the Supreme Court prepares to review the final verdict on Wednesday.
The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced him to death on Nov 2, 2014 for the abduction, torture and murder of the Bengalis who had wanted independence from Pakistan.
Based in Chittagong, Mir Quasem is notorious as the third man in the vigilante militia Al-Badr command structure during the 1971 war.
Founder president of the Jamaat’s student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir after its rechristening from the earlier Islami Chhatra Shangha in 1985, Mir Quasem has been an executive member of the party.
On Mar 8 this year, the 2014 verdict was upheld at the Appellate Division.
It was widely alleged by the Awami League government that Mir Quasem, a top financier of the Jamaat, had poured in funds for campaigns aimed at smearing the trials of war criminals when they began in 2010.