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Hearing on appeals of govt, Sayedee May 2

Update : 18 Apr 2013, 09:51 AM

 

The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday set May 2 for starting hearing on the appeals of government and Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee against a verdict of international crimes tribunal (ICT).

A six-member bench of appellate division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain fixed the date for hearing on the appeals upon an appeal filed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam.

Earlier on February 28, the ICT-1 awarded Sayedee to death sentence for two specific charges out of eight for committing crimes against humanity including murders, arson and rape.

The government and Sayedee filed separate petitions with the SC on March 28 respectively for seeking death penalty to Sayedee for all the war crimes charges brought against him and acquittal of Sayedee from the charges.

On October 3, 2011, the first tribunal indicted Sayedee on 20 counts of crimes against humanity and on November 19 the prosecution submitted the opening statement against the accused.

A total of forty-four witnesses testified against the Jamaat nayeb-e-ameer. The tribunal took the statements of 16 witnesses, which were recorded by the investigation officer as testimony against the accused under section 19(2) of the ICT Act. On the other hand, seventeen witnesses vouched for Sayedee taking the stand in the tribunal.

Sayedee was arrested on June 29, 2010 in a case filed for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims. Later, he was shown arrested for his involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the country's Liberation War in 1971.

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