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Sayedee to seek review

Sayedee to seek review

War criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee has instructed his lawyers to file a review petition with the Supreme Court challenging its verdict that commuted his death sentence to jail until death, the defence lawyer said today. “We will file a review petition after obtaining the copy of full verdict. We hope that the Supreme Court will hear our petition as per law.” Tajul Islam said after the pronouncement of the verdict.   The counsel was “aggrieved, and not satisfied” with the judgment, the lawyer said. However, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said there...

Justice denied, says Sayedee’s family

Justice denied, says Sayedee’s family

Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee did not get justice, family members of the war criminal said today after the apex court commuted his death ruling to imprisonment until death. “According to our submission before the court, we hoped that he might be proved innocent,” Masood Sayedee, one among the four sons of the Jamaat nayeb-e-ameer, told The Daily Star in his reaction after the SC verdict. “We will file a review plea seeking acquittal of Sayedee from all the charges after getting the copy of the full verdict,” he added.

COMMENT OVER GHULAM AZAM'S VERDICT

ICT cautions HRW

ICT cautions HRW

International Crimes Tribunal-1 today cautioned Human Rights Watch to be more “circumspect” while making any comment over Bangladesh's judiciary. The tribunal came up with the warning after it found the comments made by the rights organisation over war criminal Ghulam Azam's trial contemptuous. On August 16 last year, the HRW, in an article published in...

ADDRESSING INTERNAL CONFLICTS

Govt may reorganise ICT prosecution: Anisul

Govt may reorganise ICT prosecution: Anisul

The government may reorganise the prosecution team dealing with war crimes cases at the International Crimes Tribunals, so that the team can function smoothly. “I am planning to reshuffle the prosecution team after International Crimes Tribunals finish delivering verdicts in the pending cases since there are some disagreements and ego-problems among the prosecutors,” Law Minister Anisul Huq told The Daily Star this evening. He said the change will be brought in the prosecution team to remove their internal conflicts. “Those, who are performing well, will stay in the team, and those, who cannot do well, will go,” the law minister said. Anisul said he believes that the tribunals will deliver the verdicts in...

War trial: Jabbar to be tried in absentia

War trial: Jabbar to be tried in absentia

A tribunal in Dhaka today decided to hold the trial of war crimes suspect Abdul Jabbar in absentia for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War. After passing the order, the three-member panel of International Crimes Tribunal-1 headed by its chairman Justice M Enayetur Rahim fixed July 20 for charge framing hearing in the case. The tribunal issued an arrest warrant against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker on May 12 after accepting five war crimes charges against him. Jabbar, now 82, was the alleged chairman of Mathbaria Peace Committee, an anti-liberation force, during the Liberation War in 1971. As Jabbar was not arrested by this time, the court...

War Trial of Organisation

Govt moves to amend law

The government is set to incorporate in the war crimes act specific provisions for punishment for organisations, which will pave the way for the trial of the Jamaat-e-Islami for its alleged war crimes in 1971. The law ministry has completed a draft for bringing about amendments to the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act-1973 and will send it to the cabinet for its approval anytime soon. The lack of clear-cut provisions for punishing any organisation in the ICT Act is considered a major...

Investigators find evidence against Kishoreganj Razakar

Investigators find evidence against Kishoreganj Razakar

Investigators today said they have found evidence of six wartime offences against fugitive war crimes suspect Syed Mohammad Hassan. The offences include killing of 24 people, kidnapping of 12 persons and torching and looting of 125 houses in Tarail upazila of Kishoreganj. Investigators Abdul Hannan Khan and Sanaul Huq told this to reporters during a...

Verdict delayed ‘at Delhi’s instruction’

Verdict delayed ‘at Delhi’s instruction’

BNP senior leader ASM Hannan Shah today alleged that the verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami in war crimes trial has been deferred “at the instruction of New Delhi”. “Why the verdict was not announced today? Information available from Raw (Research and Analysis Wing--Indian Secret Service Agency) indicates that the verdict was deferred due to the upcoming visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Dhaka,” said the BNP standing committee member. The retired brigadier general added that Jamaat might have enforced hartal if verdict was announced and a conflicting situation could be created in the country, causing damage to the Sheikh Hasina government’ image. “That’s why the verdict was...

BWCCI unveils plan to promote women entrepreneurs

The Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday launched a plan to create 5,000 women entrepreneurs by 2020 from the micro- and small- and medium-enterprise levels. “These 5000 women entrepreneurs will grow their businesses and will be part of the mainstream private sector,” said Selima Ahmed, president of BWCCI. The plan -- 2020: Empower 5,000 -- will generate employment for women, who will, in turn, support the country in its efforts to become a middle-income nation by 2021, she said...

No clear guidelines for ICT

No clear guidelines for ICT

The finance minister did not outline any clear guideline and specific allocation for ICT sector in his budget proposal. AMA Muhith, the minister, proposed imposition of a fixed tax of Tk 100 on every single piece of replacement SIM. But there will be no extra tax on SIM card supplied by mobile phone operators. Currently,...

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