06 November 2019 :
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on 31 October 2019 upheld a death sentence against a top Islamist leader for war crimes in a move that lawyers said meant he would almost certainly be executed in the coming months.
A.T.M. Azharul Islam, a stalwart of the opposition Jamaat-i-Islami, was sentenced to death in 2014 for rape, murder and genocide during the 1971 operation by Pakistan Army.
He would become the sixth Islamist leader to be hanged for their role in the war.
The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain rejected an appeal by the 67-year-old in a majority verdict, defence lawyer Khandker Mahbub Hossain told reporters.
“We will file a review petition against the verdict,” he said, adding Islam was an 18-year-old student in 1971.