Hearing in petitions for review of Sayedee verdict on

Hearing in petitions for review of Sayedee verdict on

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Dhaka – The Supreme Court on Sunday adjourned the hearing on two review petitions-one filed on behalf of the state and the other filed by war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee against its verdict in a case that disposed of the war crimes of Sayedee, till Monday.A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by chief justice SK Sinha, passed the order on Sunday. The other judges are: Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Mia, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Foez Diddique and Justice Mirza Hussain Haider.
Attorney General Mahabubey Alam represented the state while Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for convict Sayedee. Earlier on April 4, the Appellate Division fixed May 14 for hearing the two review petitions.
On February 28, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
On 28 March 2013, Sayedee filed an appeal with the apex court seeking acquittal from the charges, while the government on the same day separately appealed to the Supreme Court seeking capital punishment in all the eight charges he was facing.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on December 31, 2015 released the full text of its verdict commuting Sayedee’s death penalty to imprisonment until death in the case. It pronounced its verdict on September 17, 2014.
On January 12, last year, the prosecution filed the review petition seeking death penalty for Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee. On January 17, Sayedee filed a plea seeking review of the apex court verdict. In the petition, he sought acquittal from all the charges in which he was found guilty.
According to the prosecution, Sayedee was involved in crimes like killing, looting, rape and forcefully converting Hindus to Muslims in Parerhat of Pirojpur district. – Special Correspondent

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