Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, who has been sentenced to prison until death for 1971 war crimes, has undergone a medical check-up at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital in Dhaka.
He was taken to BSMMU from Kashimpur Central Jail 1 in Gazipur around 8am on Thursday following the prison doctor’s advice.
Superintendent of the jail Subrata Kumar Bala said Sayedee was suffering from back pain and other old age complications.
The Jamaat leader was taken back to the jail later in the afternoon, he said.
According to the prison’s doctor, Sayedee had pain in his legs and back. He had also undergone several bypass surgeries. He was referred to BSMMU for some tests.
On February 28, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal had sentenced Sayedee to death for two counts of crimes against humanity. That verdict was followed by Jamaat supporters unleashing massive countrywide violence, killing at least 70 people including policemen.
However, the Supreme Court on September 17, 2014 reduced his sentence to “imprisonment until death.”
Sayedee was transferred to Kashimpur jail from Dhaka Central Jail on July 8, 2013.