South Asia

Jamaat leader could seek presidential pardon

Presidential clemency may be the last resort for war crimes convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman whose death sentence was upheld by Bangladesh’s highest judiciary.

The joint secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami has expressed willingness to file a review petition on the November 3 verdict of the Appellate Division that has rejected his appeal against tribunal’s judgment. Kamaruzzaman’s lawyer said the convict will wait on going for the mercy petition until his review plea is resolved.

However, the prosecution maintains that the defence does not deserve a review petition under law.

The Appellate Division upheld the death sentence given by a war crimes tribunal on Kamaruzzaman for killing 120 people during Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.

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