He said it’s not the responsibility only of the present govt to execute the verdict
DHAKA : Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed on Monday said people’s expectations were fulfilled through the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam to 90 years’ imprisonment, reports UNB.
The minister made the reaction while talking to reporters at his office in the afternoon.
The ICT-1 on Monday condemned nonagenarian retired Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam unto death for his crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
The law minister claimed that the verdict was delivered maintaining international standards and transparency. “There’s no chance to raise any question about the standards of the trial.”
Replying to a query as to whether the government has accepted the verdict, he said people should accept the verdict.
Asked whether the government would appeal against the verdict, the law minister said, “All depends on the prosecution team and the Attorney General.”
About the execution of verdicts delivered so far in the war crimes cases, the law minister said it’s not the responsibility only of the present government to execute the verdict but also of whoever comes to power in the future.
Talking to the journalists, State Minister for Law Advocate Quamrul Islam said Ghulam Azam was described as the lynchpin of all the war criminals and he deserved death penalty. “However, he was sentenced to 90 years’ imprisonment considering his age. So, there’s no reason to be dissatisfied with today’s verdict.”
He also hoped that the verdicts against some war criminals can be executed under the current regime.
Quamrul also said no one can save the war criminals in the future no matter who assumes the state power.