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Bangladesh Supreme Court maintains Jamaat leaders’ death sentence

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DHAKA — The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday maintained death sentence for Mir Quasem Ali, former Al-Badr and Jammat-e-Islami Party leader, for being involved in atrocities against Bangalis during the Liberation War in 1971.

Al-Badr was a paramilitary wing of the West Pakistan Army, which worked in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against the Bengali nationalist movement during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

The verdict cited the crimes against humanity that were committed by Quasem as the Chittagong area commander of the Al-Badr.

The International Crimes Tribunal has upheld the punishment on eight counts, acquitted him on one, and changed the penalty in another. Quasem has challenged the verdict, bdnews24.com reported.

People across the country rejoiced over the court’s decision. Celebratory marches were held at some places.

Quasem was the Al-Badr’s third most important functionary after Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid. His funding helped the Jamaat secure a strong foothold in independent Bangladesh.

Quasem has been a member of the JeI’s central executive council and the party’s fifth most important leader.

 

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Tenure of NA members determined though lucky draw

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KATHMANDU — Tenure of members of the National Assembly has been determined through a lucky draw method on Monday.

As per the lucky draw conducted at the Federal Parliament in New Baneshwor today, the term of opposition party Nepali Congress lawmaker Surendra Pandey has fixed for two years, while the term of Nepal Communist Party lawmaker Dinanath Sharma has been fixed for four years.

Similarly, Nainkala Ojha, Shashikala Dahal, Udaya Sharma Poudel, Shanti Kumari Adhikari, Komal Oli and Taradevi Bhatta would serve as NA members for four years.

Likewise, the tenure of members — Bina Pokharel, Pramila Kumari, Dil Kumari Rawal, Deepa Gurung, Anita Devkota, Nanda Chhapai and Indu Kadariya — was determined for six years.

The term of Sarita Prasain, Mukta Kumari Yadav, Dhan Kumari Khatiwada, Binda Devi Ale, Mina Budha, Yutal Tamang and Kamala Kumari Oli has been determined for two years.

Of the 59 NA members, 56 were elected from seven provinces—eight from each province, with three others being nominated by the President on the recommendation by the government.

All the clusters have been divided into three categories of two years, four years and six years and the lawmakers should pick one of the three categories.

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