Zakat Fund Embezzlement: Sayedee seeks stay on trial proceedings | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 02, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:12 AM, February 02, 2021

Zakat Fund Embezzlement: Sayedee seeks stay on trial proceedings

Convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee has filed a revision petition with the High Court challenging the lower court order that framed charges against him in a case filed for embezzling Tk 1.27 crore from Islamic Foundation's Zakat Fund.

Sayedee, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, submitted the revision petition through lawyer Md Muzahedul Islam Shahin on Sunday seeking stay on the trial proceedings of the case against him.

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Citing the petition, lawyer Muzahedul Islam Shahin told The Daily Star yesterday that there is no evidence against Sayedee of transacting and embezzling any money from Islamic Foundation's Zakat fund and there was no mention of his name in the first information report and charge sheet of the case.

Investigation Officer Wazed Ali Gazi has recorded statements from 25 witnesses of the case who did not mention the name of Sayedee, he said, adding that the embezzlement case was filed against him to harass him.

Muzahedul Islam said the HC is yet to fix any date for holding hearing on the petition.

On January 11, a Dhaka court framed charges against Sayedee and five others in the case. Islamic Foundation's finance and accounting director Aiyub Ali Chowdhury filed the case with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station on May 24, 2010.

Wajed Ali Gazi, an assistant director of the Anti-Corruption Commission, filed the charge sheet on April 30, 2012.

Sayedee, now in Kashimpur jail-1, has been convicted for life until death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

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