The Supreme Court has released the full text of its judgment that upheld its earlier verdict which handed convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee imprisonment until his natural death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War, 1971.
The apex court released the seven-page verdict on August 30 after its five judges, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, signed it on August 29, saying that there was no error in the earlier verdict on the appeal.
On May 15, the Appellate Division judges dismissed two review petitions, one filed by Sayedee and another by the government.
In the full verdict, the SC judges said, “There is hardly any scope of rehearing of the matter afresh as a court of appeal in a review petition. The learned counsel fails to point out any error in the judgment apparent on the face of record. Therefore, all the review petitions merit no consideration and accordingly they are dismissed”.
Effectively now, Sayedee would have to serve in jail until his natural death.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 on February 28, 2014 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sayedee to death.
Later on September 17, 2014, Sayedee's capital punishment was commuted to imprisonment until death after the war criminal moved an appeal with the Supreme Court.
On January 12 last year, the government filed a review petition with the SC, seeking death penalty of Sayedee.
Sayedee also filed a plea on January 17 last year seeking review of the SC verdict. In the petition, he sought acquittal from all the charges in which he was found guilty by the SC.