Social activists protest against the strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami in Dhaka on Wednesday. (AFP)
Dhaka, Sept. 18 (PTI): Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah will appeal against his death sentence on war crimes charges at Bangladesh’s Supreme Court, his lawyers said today.
“We will file the petition after getting the certified copy of the short order,” Mollah’s defence counsel Tajul Islam said, a day after the apex court sentenced Mollah, 65, to death revising the judgment delivered by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that had given the Jamaat leader life term for war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.
Mollah was convicted of beheading a poet, raping a minor and shooting 344 people during the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence, charges that earned him the nickname “Butcher of Mirpur”.
Islam and another defence counsel, Shishir Monir, said they are ready to submit the petition seeking stay of the execution process until a review petition against the verdict is settled.
The counsels said they will file a petition challenging the verdict after getting the full text. Court sources said the signed copy of the short verdict had not been released yet.
1 killed in strike
One person was killed and several injured today in incidents of violence across Bangladesh as the Jamaat enforced a 48-hour strike to protest the Supreme Court verdict.
Police and witnesses said an auto-rickshaw driver died in Noakhali after he was stoned by protesters for defying the strike call. Jamaat activists also turned violent at several other parts of the country.
“A stone hit him on the head and doctors found him dead after he was rushed to a (nearby) hospital,” police said.
TV channels reported incidents of clashes in central Comilla, northwestern Bogra, Natore and Rajshahi and southwestern Satkhira while some 10 policemen were injured in attacks by protesters who also damaged some 20 vehicles.
In Dhaka, the Jamaat activists were reported to have chanted the ruling Awami League slogan — Joy Bangla — to deceive the police but pulled out their party banner as the police cars left the area.
“They fled the scene as police returned to the spot sensing their trick,” a police official told reporters.