Government Policy

Sayedee review hearing adjourned till tomorrow

DHAKA - The Supreme Court today adjourned till tomorrow the hearing on two pleas, seeking review of the apex court judgement, awarding Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee imprisonment till natural death for 1971 war crimes.

A five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha adjourned the hearing as Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, chief counsel for the convicted war criminal, read out his written plea, seeking acquittal of his client from the charges of crimes against humanity.

After hearing the defence plea, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam argued for some time, pleading to increase Sayedee's sentence of imprisonment till natural death to maximum punishment.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on February 28, 2013, sentenced the Jamaat leader to death as it found him guilty of committing crimes against humanity in 1971.

He filed an appeal on March 28, 2013, against the tribunal judgement. The Appellate Division on September 17, 2014, commuted the death sentence to imprisonment till his natural death.

The state on January 12, 2016, filed the petition to review the apex court judgment, pleading to increase his sentence of imprisonment till natural death to maximum punishment.

Sayedee on January 17, 2016, filed his review plea, seeking acquittal from the charges of crimes against humanity.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)