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Sayedee jailed till natural death
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-09-17,  Publish Time : 10:24,  View Count : 184
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to imprisonment till natural death for crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

A five-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain, pronounced the verdict reducing Sayedee’s punishment.

The other members of the bench are : Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, Justice M Abdul Wahhab Mia, Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui and Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury.

The Appellate Division in its second verdict in crimes against humanity appeal found the Jamaat leader guilty under charge number 10, 16 and 19 and awarded him imprisonment till his natural death. It also sentenced him 10 years imprisonment for charge number 7 and 12 years for charge number 8.

The SC acquitted him from charges no 6, 11 and 14.

On February 28 last year, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 awarded death penalty in two charges although the eight of the 20 charges were proved against him, which included carrying out murder, rape, arson, loot, abduction and persecution in different places of his native Pirojpur.

On March 28, Sayedee filed an appeal with the apex court seeking acquittal from the charges and the government side on the same day submitted a separate appeal to the SC demanding capital punishment in all the eight charges.

According to the case documents, Sayedee was arrested and presented before the court on November 2, 2010. The first tribunal on July 14, 2011, took the charges into cognizance that brought against him.

The tribunal on October 3, 2011, indicted Sayedee and framed 20 charges of crimes against humanity.

Charges are :

Charge 1- Killing 20 unarmed civilian on May 4, 1971, at Madhya Masimpur Bus Stand in Pirojpur.

Charge 2- Genocide and persecution on May 4, 1971, at Masimpur Hindu Para, where 13 members of Hindu community were killed, their belongings were looted and houses were set on fire.

Charge 3- Persecution on May 4, 1971 at Masimpur Hindu Para, where 2 houses were looted and set on fire. Roadside houses in villages Kalibari, Masimpur, Palpara, Sikarpur, Razarhat, Kukarpara, Dumur Tola, Kalamtola, Nawabpur, Alamkuthi, Dhukigathi, Parerha and Chinrakhali were also set on fire.

Charge 4- Genocide on May 4, 1971, in Hindu Para in front of Dhopa Bari, area under Pirojpur Police Station, where four Hindus were killed.

Charge 5- Participating and abetting the abduction and subsequently the killings of Saif Mizanur Rahman, then deputy magistrate Pirojpur sub-division, Foyezur Rahman, then sub-divisional police officer, and Abdur Razzak, SDO in charge of Pirojpur on May 5, 1971.

Charge 6- Persecution on political and religious grounds. Raiding and looting the shops and houses of Awami League supporters, Hindus and pro-Liberation people on May 7, 1971, at Parerhat Bazar.

Charge 7- Persecution by looting and setting house on fire and abetting torture of Nurul Islam Khan on May 8, 1971, at village Baduria in Pirojpur Sadar.

Charge 8- Abduction of Mofizuddin and Ibrahim Kutti, murder of Ibrahim Kutti and torture of Mofizuddin on May 8, 1971 at village Chitholia in Pirojpur Sadar. Looting and setting houses on fire.

Charge 9- Persecution, looting the house of Abdul Halim Babul at village Nolbunia, area under Indurkani Police Station on June 2, 1971, and setting it on fire.

Charge 10- Persecution and killing of Bisabali on June 2, 1971, at village Umedpur, area under Indurkani Police Station. Twenty-five houses were set on fire.

Charge 11- Persecution on political ground. Raiding house of Freedom Fighter Mahbubul Alam Hawlader at village Tengrakhali, area under Indurkani Police Station, on June 2, 1971, vandalizing and looting the house and torturing Abdul Mazid Hawlader, elder brother of Mahbub.

Charge 12- Genocide in Hindu Para of Parerhat Bazar under Pirojpur Police Station, where 14 Hindus were detained and subsequently killed.

Charge 13- Abduction, torture and murder of Shaheb Ali at village Nalbunia under Pirojpur Sadar. Charge 14- Persecution and abetting rape of one in village Hoglabunia under Pirojpur Sadar. Some houses were also set on fire.

Charge 15- Genocide. Ten Hindus were detained from village Hoglabunia under Pirojpur Sadar and subsequently shot to death.

Charge 16- Abetting the abduction of three Hindu girls from Parerhat Bandar, their confinement and rape.

Charge 17- Rape of one Hindu girl in Parerhat under Pirojpur Sadar Police Station.

Charge 18- Abetting the torture of one Bhagirothi, who used to work in Pakistani army camp and pass secret information to Freedom Fighters, and her murder.

Charge 19- Forcing 100-150 Hindus to convert to Islam and compelling them to go to mosque for saying prayers in Pirojpur.

Charge 20- Participating in abduction, torture and abating the rape of Hindu women from village Indurkani under Indurkani Police Station. Men were detained and later set free. Houses were looted.

The AD came up with the judgement amid tight security around the country. Police and elite force RAB have also set up tight vigil around the Supreme Court. Barricades have been set up on different points around the apex court.


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