Nizami in Dhaka Central Jail

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DHAKA, May 9, 2016(BSS) – Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, condemned for crimes against humanity in 1971, has been brought to Dhaka Central Jail from Kashimpur High Security Prison in Gazipur, last night.

The convoy carrying Nizami entered the Dhaka Central Jail premises at around 11.40 pm, a police official told BSS.

Earlier on May 6, a day after the Apex Court rejected his review plea and paved the way for execution, family members of the 1971 Al-Badr chief met him in the jail.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on October 29, 2014 sentenced the former chief of Islami Chhatra Sangha (ICS), then student wing of Jamaat, who later was sworn in as the supreme commander of infamous Al-Badr, as it found him guilty in eight charges out of the total 16.

On November 23, 2014, Nizami filed an appeal, seeking acquittal of the charges on 168 grounds.

The Apex Court after holding hearing on the matter upheld his death on three charges including masterminding the killings of intellectuals at the fag end of War of Liberation, aimed at making the country brainless.

The court also upheld death for the Badr leader for killings of around 450 people in villages Baushgari, Demra and Rupshi under Shathia upazila of Pabna on May 14, 1971. Around 30-40 women were violated by the Pakistani troops and Razakars on that day.

Nizami was also sentenced to death for his pivotal role in killings of 52 people including children and women in village Dhulauri on November 27, 1971.

Nizami was shown arrested under ICT ACT on August 2, 2010. On May 28, 2012, the ICT-1 indicted Nizami of 16 specific charges of crimes against humanity.

Notably, all the war criminals those have been hanged till now, including Nizami’s party men Quader Mollah, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, had to walk the gallows in Dhaka Central Jail.

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