Sayedee to be Detained Till Dec 29
Tuesday, 02 November 2010


The war crimes tribunal has ordered Delwar Hossain Sayedee to be detained until Dec 29.

The International Crime Tribunal passed order on Tuesday in a case filed against the Jamaat-e-Islami leader for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.

The tribunal also asked investigators to report their findings regarding the allegations within Dec 23. The court will then decide whether or not to detain him further.

The hearing started around 10.30am and ended around 11.50am.

The detained leader of the fundamentalist party had been brought to the court under tight security around 9:15am.

On October 12, the tribunal set the hearing date and asked the prison authorities to produce Sayedee before it, even if he was sick, and if needed, in an ambulance, since Sayedee's hearing had been delayed twice citing illness.

The tribunal, set up at the Old High Court Building held a hearing on Sep 22 on the prosecution's appeal regarding Sayedee's arrest warrant.

But despite the tribunal's order, the prison authorities could not produce the Jamaat leader on August 10 because of his illness.

His scheduled appearance two weeks later also had to be delayed because the court was going through repair work.

Earlier on June 29, police had arrested Sayedee along with two top Jamaat leaders, Matiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, for defying court orders. They were detained for hurting religious sentiments after a Dhaka court earlier in the day ordered arrest of four Jamaat leaders.

Sayedee was 'shown arrested' on August 5 in a case filed against him on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

The ruling Awami League government on March 26 formed a tribunal, an investigation agency and appointed a team of prosecutors, initiating the process for the long-awaited trial of war crimes.

The tribunal also arrested two other Jamaat leaders Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla.

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed declared formation of a three-member tribunal, seven-member investigation agency and a 12-member prosecution team to hold the trial under the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.

The investigation agency has already visited Pirojpur, Sayedee's home district, Brahmanbaria, village home of former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam, Rauzan, home of BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, and Sherpur to probe into allegations against Kamaruzzaman.


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