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SC likely to hear Sayedee’s review plea on April 6: AG

DHAKA, April 3, 2017 (BSS) - Attorney General Mahbubey Alam today said the apex court is likely to hear the plea to review the sentence of imprisonment till natural death for war crimes-convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee, on April 6.

"Today the matter came on the Appellate Division cause list. I am hoping the apex court on April 6 will hear both the review pleas, one filed by Sayedee and another filed by the state," the attorney general said.

Referring the case, which came on the cause list as 147th matter, the chief law officer of the state said the time will give them opportunity to take better preparation for the hearing.

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.

He filed an appeal on March 28, 2013, against the tribunal judgement. The Appellate Division on September 17, 2014, commuted his 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 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)