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Motiur Rahman Nizami

Motiur Rahman Nizami

Pulack Ghatack: Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami has recovered from his illness and he is now fit for appearing before the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) to stand trial for crimes against humanity, jail sources said.

Civil surgeon of Dhaka Dr Abdul Malek also confirmed improvement of Nizami’s physical condition. “He is now in good health,” Dr Malek told the Daily Observer yesterday evening.

“Nizami has already been transferred to the prison cell from the medical as his condition is now normal, he also added.

Meanwhile, the jail authorities will soon place a report to the tribunal updating it over the latest health condition of Nizami. The authorities in a report on Thursday told the ICT that health condition of Nizami had improved.

“The jail authorities also committed to send another report to the tribunal narrating physical condition of the accused,” Amitava Chakraborty, deputy registrar of the tribunal, told the Daily Observer on Tuesday.

“We are yet to get the second report,” he also said.

Shahbagh-Jahanara Imam

Millions of people demonstrated at Shahbag Square of Dhaka city demanding trial of war criminals in February 2013.

The ICT-1 was scheduled to hand down its verdict on war crimes of Nizami on June 24. But it did not pronounce the long-awaited judgement, as the jail authorities did not produce the accused before it on health ground.

The tribunal ordered the jail authorities to submit a full report before it on Nizami’s health condition as soon as possible.

“According to rules of the ICT the tribunal has the jurisdiction to deliver verdict in absence of the accused, who have lost the ability to attend the tribunal due to chronic dieses,” Prosecutor Zead Al Malum told the Daily Observer.

People, especially the war victims are eager for the verdict as the trial process began in 2010 after a series of mass movements in 40-years.

On June 24, the tribunal kept the case waiting for verdict again. The case was earlier put in CAV status for two times: Firstly on conclusion to the case on November 13, 2013, and secondly after rehearing of the arguments on March 24.

Nizami is facing 16 charges of crimes against humanity committed during the country’s Liberation War in 1971. The allegations include masterminding genocide, killing of intellectuals, loot, rape, arson, torture and confinement of people.

He has already been awarded the death penalty in the 10-truck arms haul case this year.

Nizami, the president of the then Jamaat-e-Islami student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha and chief of Pakistan army auxiliary force Al-Badr, was indicted on May 28, 2012.