Sayedee Appeal Hearing Begins

Delwar Sayedee

A week after passing the verdict against Abdul  Quader Mollah , the Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islam, the appellate division has begun appeal hearing in the crime against humanity case during 1971 war time against Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer Mawlana Delawar Hossain Sayedee, who was sentenced to death by Tribunal-1.

The hearing began at the five-member appeal bench led by Chief Justice Md Mozammel Hossain Tuesday.

Four other judges of the bench are: Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice Md Abdul Wahab Miah, Justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqi and Justice AHM Shamshuddin Chowdhury.

Barrister Abdur Razzak conducted appeal hearing when the court rejected a petition of defense counsel Khandaker Mahbub Hossain seeking a three-week time for preparation of appeal hearing.

Earlier on 17 September, the court said it would hear appeal arguments on 24 September.

The International Crimes Tribunal-1 led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir on 28 February convicted Sayedee of crimes against humanity and said the Jamaat leader would be hanged for his offences.

After 29 days on 28 March, both the prosecution and the defence filed appeal petitions.

In the petition, Sayedee sought cancellation of his sentence and subsequent release while the prosecution appealed for capital punishment.

Source: BDINN