Saturday, January 25, 2020 | ePaper

Supreme Court upholds death to wartime collaborator Kaiser

  • Print




The Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against Jatiya Party leader and former state minister Syed Mohammed Kaiser for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Tuesday read out the summary of the judgment on Kaiser's appeal against the death penalty handed by the International Crimes Tribunal.
While the court partially accepted the appeal, it nonetheless preserved the death sentence against him in a majority verdict.
A Muslim League leader in 1971, Kaiser was sentenced to death on Dec 23, 2014, after being found guilty of murder, arson, loot, rape and genocide in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj during wartime.
Kaiser had raised a militia in his name - ‘Kaiser Bahini’- with 500 to 600 anti-liberation activists to support the Pakistan Army during the war.
He guided the Pakistani troops to various villages to attack and abuse Hindus and supporters of Bangladesh’s liberation.
He went into hiding as soon as the country became free and later resurfaced in Bangladesh politics in 1978.
Kaiser contested as an independent candidate and won the 1979 parliamentary polls from the Sylhet-17 constituency.
He later joined the BNP, when it was founded by the country's first military dictator Ziaur Rahman, and became the president of its Habiganj unit.
He later shifted to HM Ershad's Jatiya Party and won from the Habiganj-4 constituency in 1988.
He became the state minister for agriculture during Ershad’s regime.
The tribunal sentenced him to death on seven counts of charges, including the rapes of two women.
One of the Biranganas and a person born to her, a ‘War Child’, testified in the case.
Another count of charge that brought him the death sentence involved indiscriminate killing. The tribunal had also sentenced him to 22 years in jail on four counts of charges of abduction, torture and murder.
In the appeals verdict, the top court also upheld Kaiser’s death sentence on the seven counts of charges. His jailing until death on one count of charges was also upheld. -- bdnews24.com


More News For this Category

Six killed in Rot am See shooting

BBC Online :Six people have been killed and others wounded in a shooting in the south-west German town of Rot am See, officials say.A male suspect was arrested after

Rohingya victims of Myanmar genocide must get justice

Editorial Desk :Global human rights bodies have called for the international community to press Myanmar to comply with the order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to

Implement ICJ order immediately

UNB, Dhaka :The UN Human Rights Office has called on Myanmar to immediately and unconditionally implement the top UN court's order in full, consistently with its obligations under the

Commuters  suffering worsen

Commuters suffering worsen

Reza Mahmud :Delay in construction work of metro-rail creates acute sufferings for commuters of Motijheel to Uttara route in the capital. Commuters are facing untold sufferings everyday from morning

BD to deeply engage with Myanmar's friends with focus on repat

UNB, Dhaka :Giving an impression that one cannot proceed with business as usual, foreign affairs experts have felt the importance of engaging more deeply with Myanmar's friends-China, Japan, India

Myanmar rejects ICJ ruling

BBC Online :Myanmar has responded defiantly to a ruling by the UN's top court ordering measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said

EC's unbiased role expected to ensure fair polls

Noman Mosharef :With only seven days left, election fever has gripped the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) as the mayoral and councillor contenders

US imposes new 'birth tourism' visa rules for pregnant women

Al Jazeera News :President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting "birth tourism", in which women travel to the United States to give birth

3 killed in gunfights

Staff Reporter :Three accused were killed and four law enforcers were injured in reported gunfights in Cox's Bazar, Magura and Natore districts.All incidents took place early Friday.In Cox's Bazar,

Negligence, ignorance causing fire incidents

Negligence, ignorance causing fire incidents

Gulam Rabbani :An internationally renowned Bangladeshi fire safety expert has said it is possible to completely avoid any kind of fire-related incidents by spending only 2 per cent of