SC verdict on Qaiser’s appeal Jan 14

The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed January 14 to deliver its verdict on an appeal filed by convicted war criminal and former state minister Syed Mohammad Qaiser.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, set the date after concluding hearing on the appeal.

Adv Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and SM Shahjahan stood for Qaiser while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy AGs Bishwajit Debnath and AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state in the court.

BSS adds: The ICT-2, which remains non-functioning since September 15, 2015, had sentenced the leader of pro-Pakistani militia group Qaiser Bahini to death as the 14 charges out of the total sixteen framed against him were proven beyond any reasonable doubt.

According to the prosecution, the force he raised named after himself – the Qaisar Bahini – had their own uniforms with caps and belts. The gang members used to wear caps with inscription of “Qaisar”.

Qaiser, the founder of Saiham Textiles and ex-MP and state minister during the Jatiya Party rule, was found guilty for carrying out mass-killing, murders, rapes, and abduction among other crimes.

The prosecution in their closing arguments had said Qaiser played the role of a Dragon in the crimes that took place in the vast areas of Habiganj, Madhobpur and Brahmanbaria in 1971.