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Death-row war criminal Mujahid asks lawyers to file review petition

June 21, 2015 00:00:00

Death-row war crimes convict Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid requested to his lawyers to file a petition seeking review of the Appellate Division verdict upholding his death sentence, report agencies.

"Mojaheed has told us he'll file a review petition against the verdict within 15 days of receiving the copy of the full judgment," Advocate Shisir Monir told the news agency after a group of defence lawyers met him at the Dhaka Central Jail on Saturday.

"I don't understand why I've been sentenced to death," Mojaheed was quoted by Shisir Monir as saying.

Mojaheed is mentally strong and physically fit, he added.

A five-member team of defence lawyers, led by Shisir Monir, entered the jail around 11:05am and they spent about half an hour with Mojaheed from 11:25 am.

The other members of the team are Moshiul Alam, Kamal Uddin, Najibur Rahman and Matiur Rahman Akand, he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, upheld the death penalty of the Jamaat leader Mojaheed, which had earlier been awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal-2.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 on July 17, 2013 awarded Mojaheed death sentence for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces after finding the Al Badar boss guilty of five, out of seven, charges.

The charges included murder of intellectuals, genocide, abduction and persecution.

On August 11, 2013, Mojaheed filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against his capital punishment in the case.

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