SC to hear Govt's Sayedee verdict review Sunday

SC to hear Govt’s Sayedee verdict review Sunday


Dhaka – The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will hold hearing Sunday on the review petitions filed against its verdict that commuted death sentence of war crimes convicted Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee to imprisonment until death.In its Sunday cause list, the five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha included the petitions as item No. 30 for hearing.
Earlier, on April 6, the same bench of the apex court fixed May 14 for hearing two petitions—- one filed by war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee and the other by the government—-which were filed against its verdict in the war crimes case.
On 28 February, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Sayedee to death for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
On 28 March, 2013, Sayedee filed an appeal before the apex court, seeking acquittal from the charges, while the government side on the same day separately appealed for capital punishment in all the eight charges he faced.
On September 17, 2014, the Appellate Division commuted his death sentence to imprisonment till his natural death.
On December 31, 2015, the Supreme Court released the full text of its verdict, commuting Sayedee’s death penalty to jail till death.
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 on all charges in which he was found guilty. Although most of the top Jamaat leaders have been executed after completing all legal procedures, 15 war crimes cases are waiting for appeal hearing before the Supreme Court.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) has so far disposed of nine cases of crimes against humanity.
It has handed down the death sentence against six war criminals—Abdul Quader Molla, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Mir Quasem Ali. They have already been executed after all legal procedures were carried out. The SC also delivered judgment in the appeal petitions of Gulam Azam, Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Abdul Alim. The SC awarded prison till death to Gulam Azam, Sayedee and Abdul Alim. Gulam Azam and Alim died while serving their jail terms. – Staff Reporter


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