Hearing on Sayedee, govt's review pleas likely Sunday

Hearing on Sayedee, govt’s review pleas likely Sunday

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Dhaka – The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Sunday two review petitions — one filed by the government and the other by convicted war criminal Delwar Hossain Sayedee — against its earlier verdict in a war crimes case. UNB news agency reported
The two review petitions have been kept on the Appellate Division’s cause list for Sunday as item no 30.
A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice SK Sinha, is scheduled to hear the review pleas.
The other judges are Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Mia, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Mirza Hussain Haider.
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 Sayedee to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. On March 28, 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 demanding capital punishment in all the eight charges he faced. The SC on December 31, 2015 released the full text of its verdict commuting Sayedee’s death penalty to jail unto death in the case. It pronounced its verdict on September 17, 2014. On January 12 last year, the prosecution filed a review petition seeking death penalty for the influential Jamaat leader. On January 17, Sayedee filed a plea seeking review of the SC verdict. In the petition, he sought acquittal in 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.

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