Sayedee to Appear Before Tribunal
Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Jamaat-e-Islami executive committee member Delwar Hossain Sayedee will be taken to the International Crimes Tribunal on Tuesday in a case relating to alleged crimes against humanity during 1971, jail authorities say.

On the same date, the court will also hear the petitions from Jamaat executive member Matiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, assistant secretary generals Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, and Abdul Quader Molla.

His appearance was deferred twice – on Aug 10 and 24 – first for his illness and later for maintenance work of the court building.

Dhaka Central Jail super Touhidul Islam on Monday told "Sayedee will be produced before the court on Tuesday at 10am. All necessary preparations have been taken towards that end."

The tribunal will sit on Tuesday with judges Mohammad Nizamul Haque, A T M Fazle Kabir and A K M Zahir Ahmed.

The four other high-profile Jamaat leaders were produced before the court on Aug 2 in a war crimes case. The court sent them to jail and ordered the authorities to keep them behind bars until further orders.

The tribunal, on Aug 4, asked the prison authorities to produce Sayedee on Aug 10, after hearing a petition to show him arrested in a case relating to alleged crimes against humanity during 1971.

During the hearing, the state counsels alleged that Sayedee conducted crimes against humanity, such as genocide, rape, loot and arson, at Pirojpur in 1971. They also pointed out that the investigation proved that Sayedee was guilty of crimes mentioned in section 3(2) of the International Crimes Tribunal Act of 1971.

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.

Meanwhile, investigation agency of the tribunal are conducting field work at Zianagar Upazila, where Sayedee hails from, and taking testimony of the locals. The team earlier visited the area on Aug 19 and 20.

Chief of the agency on Monday said it has got information of around 30,000 deaths of people during the independence war in Zianagar area.

On Mar 25, the Awami League-led government established a tribunal, prosecutors' panel and investigation agency allowing the long awaited trial of war criminals to take place.


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