The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday has upheld its previous order that granted imprisonment unto death to war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee for his crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Both the state and the defence had filed review petitions of the verdict, the former asking for the death penalty and the latter asking for an acquittal.
But after the hearings on Sunday and Monday, a five-member appellate bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha scrapped the petitions and reaffirmed the Appellate Division’s verdict.
The other judges were Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Mia, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Mirza Hussain Haider.
Attorney General Mahabubey Alam represented the state in the court while Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Sayedee.
Attorney General said that following the order, Supreme Court’s earlier verdict that commuted the death sentence of Sayedee to jail until death in the case will be upheld.
Earlier, the SC on Sunday adjourned the hearing on two review petitions till today (Monday).
Earlier on April 4, the Appellate Division fixed May 14 for hearing the two review petitions.
On February 28, 2013, the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Sayedee to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
On September 17, 2014, Supreme Court commuted his death sentence to imprisonment unto death following his appeal against the ICT verdict.
On January 12, last year, the prosecution filed a review petition seeking death penalty of Sayedee.
On January 17, Sayedee filed a review petition seeking his acquittal.
In the review petition, the state sought his highest punishment for his involvement in mass killing, arson, looting, rape and forced conversion of religion of minority Hindu people in Parerhat of Pirojpur district.
Principal war criminals, who have already been hanged, include the then Jamaat ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed, party leaders Abdul Qader Mollah, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Mir Quashem and BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.