The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday upheld the death sentence of Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami for committing crimes against humanity in 1971.
A four-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order this morning.
Earlier on December 8, 2015, the Appellate Division set today to pronounce the judgement.
While concluding his arguments in the matter, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said death and only death is the appropriate sentence for the Jamaat chief as he is one of the main men behind the "boundless crime" like the killing of intellectuals.
On the other hand, Nizami's chief counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain pleaded to commute the sentence of his client considering his age and good behavior, if he is found guilty of the charges of crimes against humanity by the Appellate Division.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on October 29, 2014, sentenced the Jamaat chief to death as the 75-year-old convict was found guilty in eight of the total 16 charges. It is the sixth judgment of the Appellate Division over the appeal filed by convicts of crimes against humanity.
Earlier, the Apex Court upheld death sentences of Abdul Quader Mollah, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Ali Ahsan Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury. In line with the orders of the Apex Court, all four of them have been executed already, according to a news agency report.
The Appellate Division, however, commuted the death sentence of Delwar Hossain Sayedee to life imprisonment.