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Wednesday, 04 August 2010

The International Crimes Tribunal, on Wednesday morning, asked prison authorities to produce Jamaat-e-Islami executive committee member Delwar Hossain Sayedee on Aug 10, in a case for alleged crimes against humanity during 1971.

The order was given in a case filed with the tribunal on July 21 against Sayedee for committing genocide, rape, arson, and loot at Pirojpur on May 8 and Jun 2, 1971.

The tribunal said in its verdict that the accused, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, is currently in Dhaka Central Jail.

A petition has been made to issue an arrest warrant against him for the second case filed with the tribunal on July 21. The state's lawyer, Syed Rezaur Rahman said, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, alias Delu, is in jail for other cases.
"We want to issue a production warrant against him. Let it be issued."
Prison authorities were ordered to produce him before the court on Aug 10.

During the hearing, Syed Rezaur Rahman alleged that Sayedee conducted crimes against humanity like genocide, rape, loot and arson at Pirojpur in 1971.

The prosecutor also alleged that Sayedee met with one captain Ejaz of the Pakistan Army and took oath to protect Pakistan.
He allegedly formed Al Shams and Razakar forces with the assistance of the Pakistani army and carried out genocide, rape, loot and arson.

He continued to say that on May 8, Sayedee murdered freedom fighters Alamgir Poshari, Mahbub Poshari, Chan Mia Poshari and Jahangir Poshari and looted cash and gold. These crimes occurred at Chishtia village of Pirojpur.

Rahman detailed an incident of June 2, 1971 saying that a force led by Sayedee attacked the Hindu areas of Umedkhali village at Pirojpur, looted cash and gold, set fire to houses and killed innocent people. They also handed over young girls to the occupation forces.

He pointed out that the investigation showed that Sayedee is guilty of crimes mentioned in section 3(2) of the International Crimes Tribunal Act of 1971. "We are pleading to take steps to arrest him for these crimes."

The court asked the prosecutor of the whereabouts of the accused and was informed that he is in Dhaka Central Jail.

The court gave its verdict at this point.

At the start of the proceedings, the Sayedee's lawyer Tajul Islam asked for the court's permission to file three new petitions.

However, the court pointed out that Sayedee is not present and advised him to file them later.

Hearing of six petitions in the first case filed with the tribunal will also be held on Aug 10.

The petitions filed, on behalf of Sayedee and four other top Jamaat leaders who were arrested, includes a release appeal, postponing proceedings of the case and sending case records back.

On July 26, the International Crimes Tribunal issued arrest warrants against Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, assistant secretary generals Mohammed Kamaruzzaman, and Abdul Quader Molla, for alleged crimes against humanity during 1971.

It was the first ruling by the International Crimes Tribunal for crimes against humanity during 1971.

The tribunal said that arrest warrants against Nizami, Mojaheed, Quader and Kamaruzzaman had been petitioned on July 21, in case number 1 filed with the tribunal and that investigation is ongoing.

The chief prosecutor added that "arrest warrants against them needed to be issued for the sake of investigation".

"The chief prosecutor also warned that because the accused had been detained in other cases but not this one "there (were) scopes of getting bail in those cases and fleeing abroad. They should be shown arrested for investigation."

After the order, attorney general Mahbubey Alam said that since the petition for issuing arrest warrants has been completed, "this quartet cannot escape."

The petition was filed under section 3/2, International Crime Tribunal Act 1973.

Nizami, Mojaheed, Quader and Kamaruzzaman have been questioned recently on different cases. They have also been accused of murdering freedom fighters in two separate cases, filed with the Pallabi and Keraniganj police stations.

The long-awaited trial of war criminals started on Mar 25 when the Awami League-led government established a war crimes tribunal, prosecutors' panel and investigation agency.


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