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SC dismisses pleas to review Sayedee’s war crimes judgment

DHAKA, May 15, 2017 (BSS) - The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) today dismissed two pleas, seeking review of the apex court judgment that sentenced 1971 war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment till his natural death.

"The five-member Appellate Division panel headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order, dismissing both the review pleas," Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said.

The Appellate Division came up with the judgement after holding hearing on the matter on two different dates.

Terming the Jamaat leader harmful for country, civilization and people, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam in his reaction said, "He was the top war criminals and I am personally aggrieved because we couldn't ensure maximum punishment for him."

The chief law officer of the state, however, reiterated his allegation against the prosecutors and investigation officials of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), saying, "It is because of their failure and weaknesses, maximum punishment couldn't be ensured for Sayedee."

Sayedee's chief counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain in his reaction said, "As it is the judgement of the apex court, we have to accept it in spite of our anger and grief regarding the verdict."

The Jamaat leader's son Masud Sayedee refuted the verdict, saying, they did not get justice.

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 judgment.

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)