He had embezzled Tk1.27 crore from Islamic Foundation's Zakat Fund
A Dhaka court on Monday framed charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee and five others – in connection with a case filed over embezzling Tk1.27 crore from Islamic Foundation's Zakat Fund.
Judge Syeda Hosne Ara of Dhaka Special Judge Court-1 situated at Dhaka Alia Madrasa premises passed the order on Monday in presence of the prime accused Sayedee, who is also a convicted war criminal.
The judge also rejected the petition submitted by the accused for discharging him from the case.
After the charge framing, the court fixed February 17 for recording the deposition of witnesses in the case.
The prosecution charges were read out and the accused were asked whether they are guilty or not. Then the accused claimed themselves to be innocent and prayed for justice.
Earlier on December 5, a Dhaka court deferred the charge framing hearing of this case filed against Delwar Hossain Sayedee and five others to January 11.
Former IF director Aiyub Ali Chowdhury had filed the case with the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station on May 24, 2010.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Assistant Director Wajed Ali Gazi had filed the charge sheet in the case on April 30, 2012.
The other accused in the case are: Mohammad Lutful Haque, former director of Islamic Foundation; Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, former chairman of Mosque Council for Community Advancement; Mia Mohammad Yunus, chief secretary of Bandhujan Parishad; Tofazzal Hossain, former president of Islamic Social Welfare Center; and Md Abdul Haq, assistant director of Islamic Foundation's Mosque Council.
Of the six accused, Sayedee is in jail after getting convicted and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment in a crimes against humanity case, three are now on bail while Abul Kalam Azad and Abdul Haque are on the run.