Monday, October 18

Kamaruzzaman’s execution of death any time: Family meets in Prison


Health condition of death row convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman is sound, his son Hasan Iqbal said after meeting with his father at Dhaka Central Jail this morning.

“I haven’t seen such a strong person like him”, Bangla Media reports quoting Iqbal as saying.

Ten family members went to the jail in the morning and met the Jamaat-e-Islami leader, who was shifted to Dhaka from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur yesterday, for half an hour from 10:38am with the permission of the jail authorities.

Kamaruzzaman’s wife Nurunnahar, sons Hasan Iqbal, Ahmed Hasan, Ikram Hasan and Hasan Imam, daughter Afia Nur, brothers Naziruzzaman and Abdullah Al Mahadi, sister Mohsina Begum, and nephew Abdul Alim, are among the family members who visited him at the jail.

Shishir Monir, a counsel for the convicted war criminal, told the daily that “The jail authorities did not call us. The family met him as part of the regular meeting”.

Asked about Kamaruzzaman’s health conditions, the counsel said Kamaruzaman is in good health.

The death row convict was transferred to the Jail from Kashimpur jail in Gazipur around 2:30pm yesterday, a day into the Supreme Court verdict that upheld his death penalty.

The SC on Monday upheld the death penalty for him as a war crimes tribunal awarded him the capital punishment a year and a half ago.

The apex court verdict has paved the way for execution of the Jamaat leader, a key organiser of the infamous Al-Badr Bahini responsible for abducting, torturing and killing freedom fighters, intellectuals and pro-liberation people in 1971.

The execution of death row convict Muhammad Kamaruzzaman is only “a matter of time”, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said today

But it depends on the government decision, the attorney general replying to queries from reporters at his office in the afternoon.

“I cannot agree that jail authorities cannot do anything before getting the full verdict,” Alam said.

About the presidential clemency, the attorney general said Kamaruzzaman can seek the mercy and for that he did not need the full verdict but he must admit his guilt