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Supreme Court resumes Sayedee appeal case

Update : 23 Feb 2014, 07:38 PM

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday resumed the hearing on war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee’s appeal against his death sentence, handed down to him by the International Crimes Tribunal, after nine days.

The five-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, heard the defence’s arguments in connection to the testimonies of prosecution witness.

At the day’s hearing, SM Shahjahan, the defence counsel, argued that Sayedee was not involved in raping Shefali Ghush, wife of Madhusudan Garami, a prosecution witness of the case.

“Madhusudan, in his testimony, did not implicate the Jamaat leader for single time in the rape,” he added.

The defence counsel further said Shefali had filed the rape complaint against Delawar Sikder, who was killed after the liberation war. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the government in the case yesterday.

On February 13, the top court adjourned the case to February 23.

The International Crimes Tribunal 1 handed down death sentence to Sayedee on February 28 last year. Later, Sayedee filed an appeal with the top court seeking acquittal on March 28. The government also lodged an appeal to specify the punishment in all the six charges that were proved at the tribunal.

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