The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended till November 21 the hearing of three convicted war criminals against its verdict for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
Chief Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah who led a five-member bench fixed the date for the hearing of the appeals filed by Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Azharul Islam, Abdus Subhan, and former Jatiya Party state minister Syed Mohammed Qaiser.
The hearing of petitions of Azhar and Qaiser was supposed to start from today (Tuesday) and Abdus Subhan from October 16.
The Supreme Court set October 10 as the date to start its hearing on the motions filed by convicted war criminals, ATM Azharul Islam and Syed Mohammad Qaiser.
The now-defunct International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) 2 on December 23, 2014, convicted former Jatiya Party state minister Qaiser to death as the 14 charges of crimes against humanity out of a total of 16 charges against him were confirmed.
The tribunal passed on the death penalty on seven charges, life imprisonment on four, jail terms of 10, 7 and five years on three charges.Qaiser was acquitted of the remaining two charges.
Qaiser filed the appeal against his conviction on January 19, 2015.
Meanwhile, on December 30, 2014, the ICT-1 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam to death for crimes against humanity committed in Rangpur in 1971. It found him guilty on five of a total of six charges.
On February 18, 2015, the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Subhan to death for crimes against humanity.
Bangla Insider/ MA