Mir Quasem’s review hearing deferred by a month

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Quasem’s counsel filed a time petition Sunday

The Supreme Court has deferred until August 24 the hearing on a petition filed by death row convict war criminal Mir Quasem Ali seeking acquittal.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division fixed the date on Monday in response to a time petition filed by Quasem’s lawyer the previous day.

Chief defence counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said: “We prayed for two months’ time but the court gave us only a month.”

The court on June 21 set Monday for hearing on the review petition.

Known as Bangali Khan for his brutal role, Quasem had set up makeshift torture camps at different places in Chittagong in 1971.

The war crimes tribunal had awarded capital punishment for Quasem, now 64, on November 3, 2014 on two charges – for killing seven people, including teenage freedom fighter Jasimuddin, after abduction.

The top al-Badr leader in Chittagong was also awarded a total of 72-year imprisonment on the eight other proven charges of abduction, conspiracy and planning.

Later, the Supreme Court upheld the tribunal’s death sentence.

A top financier of the party, Quasem is also accused of appointing a US-based lobbyist firm to make the war crimes trials controversial.

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