Condemned war crimes convict Sayedee, prosecution file appeal

News - Condemned war crimes convict Sayedee, prosecution file appeal
 Condemned convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee, nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, on Thursday filed appeal with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the ICT-1  verdict in the case of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

On the same day, the prosecution also filed an appeal seeking capital punishment for Sayedee against the six charges of crimes against humanity as the International Crimes Tribunal-1 refrained from passing any separate sentence though those charges have been “proved beyond reasonable doubt.”
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The ICT-1 that deals with the cases of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, in its judgment on February 28,  awarded death sentence to Sayedee for only two charges — murders of Ibrahim Kutty and Bisa Bali, although eight charges have been proved by the prosecution.

A total of eight charges out of 20 brought against Sayedee have been proved before the tribunal. Sayedee was, however, acquitted of a dozen of the charges as the tribunal found him not guilty of those charges.

Talking to reporters, Additional Attorney General MK Rahman said they have filed the appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court seeking `complete justice’ in the case against Sayedee as per article 104 of the Constitution.

The article 104 says, “The Appellate Division shall have power to issue such directions, orders, decrees, or write as may be necessary for doing complete justice in any cause or matter pending before it, including orders for the purpose of securing the attendance of any person or the discovery or production of any document.”

Both the parties filed appeals separately within the stipulated 30-day period.

Meanwhile, the pending applications for appeal against the verdict of the ICT-2 sentencing Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah to life term imprisonment for his war crimes will come up for hearing on March 31 (Sunday).

Both lifer Mollah and the prosecution filed the appeal separately. But the hearing will be analogous, according to the court order.

Convicting Mollah on five counts of crimes against humanity, the ICT-2 on February 5 unanimously sentenced him to life term imprisonment as the prosecution proved the charges beyond any reasonable doubt.

Source: UNB Connect

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