Sayedee’s verdict of death penalty reaches at Tribunal’s end

Sayedee’s verdict of death penalty reaches at Tribunal’s end

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The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday received the copy of the full verdict on war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee that commuted his death penalty to imprisonment until death.After receiving the copy, ICT registrar Shahidul Alam Jhinuk told reporters that they would send the copy of the full verdict to the home ministry, Dhaka district magistrate and to the inspector general of police (prisons) for their acknowledgement.

The full verdict, which was released on December 31, paved the way for seeking a review of the appeal verdict, both by the defence and the prosecution.

The apex court released the full judgment, which commuted Sayedee’s death sentence to imprisonment until death, after the all five judges have put their signature on the 614-page verdict’s copy.

Among the five judges, Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah wanted to acquit Sayedee of all charges but Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury supported the death penalty for him.

However, the then Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Justice Hasan Foez Siddique reduced the death penalty to imprisonment until death.

Law minister Anisul Huq said, “After scrutinizing the full text of the verdict we will take decision on whether we would file review for reconsideration of the verdict.”

Earlier, attorney general Mahbubey Alam told reporters that they would file review petition seeking death penalty for Sayedee after releasing the full copy of the apex court verdict.

A five-member bench led by the then Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain in a short verdict by majority on September 17, 2014 commuted Sayedee’s death sentence.

The International Crimes Tribunal on February 28, 2013 handed down death sentence for Sayedee on three charges of crimes against humanity.

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