DHAKA: Defense counsels of Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee will cross-examine the investigation officer Helaluddin on July 12 at International Crimes Tribunal (ICT-1).
ICT-1 led by Justice Nizamul Haque passed the adjournment order Sunday after hearing the cross examine of defense counsels.
The court proceeding is going in absence of Sayedee who is under treatment at BIRDEM.
On June 20, the International Crime Tribunal-1 said that the trial proceedings of detained Nayeb-e Ameer of Jamaat-e- Islami Delwar Hossain Sayedee will be continued without his appearance in person mentioning his ongoing treatment at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital.
On June 13, Rafiq Bin Sayedee, elder son of detained Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, died of cardiac attack.
On June 14, Sayedee was freed on parole to attend the funeral of his elder son.
Sayedee was admitted to BIRDEM hospital as he had fallen sick on the way to jail after funeral.
On March 29, ICT-1 took the statements of 15 witnesses as testimony against Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee in war crimes related case.
A total of 46 witnesses gave depositions against Jamaat leader Sayedee for his alleged involvement in ‘crimes against humanity’.
The tribunal also rejected the plea for taking the depositions of rest 31 witnesses as testimony.
Regarding deposition taken as testimony, the tribunal said, “These depositions are documents of the case as per section 19(2) of International Crimes Tribunal Act.
Sayedee was arrested on June 29, 2010 in a case filed for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims.
Later, he was shown arrested for his involvement in ‘crimes against humanity’ during the country’s Liberation War. He is one of five top leaders of the party detained for similar charges.
A total of 77 pages of probe report were submitted against him and the prosecution had 68 witnesses against the Jamaat leader.
Earlier, the ICT framed 20 charges against Sayedee on October 3 of the last year. Of them, there are charges of wartime “crime against humanity” and “complicity in genocide”.
On May 31 in 2011, the tribunal had directed the prosecutors to press formal charges against the Jamaat leader on July 11, as a voluminous probe report on allegations of wartime crimes was submitted against him earlier that day.
Since July 21 in 2010 till May 30, 2011, a total of 313 days had been spent on investigation into Sayedee’s complicity in crimes during the 1971 Liberation War.
BDST: 1540 HRS, JUL 08, 2012
Edited by: Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor