The Supreme Court on Tuesday started the hearing of the appeal on the verdict pronounced by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentencing Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death on war crimes charges.
A 5-member bench, led by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, started the hearing rejecting the time petition submitted by Saydee’s lawyers.
The hearing started at 12:10 pm and continued till 1 pm.
The Supreme Court on July 30 had fixed Sayedee's appeal hearing for September 17 but the bench deferred the hearing till September 24 following a time petition submitted by the defense counsel.
On February 28, the ICT-1 awarded capital punishment to Sayedee for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Both the convict and the government lodged appeals with the Appellate Division against the verdict on March 28 and 29 respectively.
Jamaat-e-Islami nayeb-e-ameer Sayedee was found guilty of murder, abduction, confinement, torture, rape, persecution, and abetment of torture, looting, forceful religious conversions and setting homes ablaze in rural areas of the southern district of Pirojpur during the war.
He was sentenced to death in two of the charges even though he was found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” in eight counts of the charges.
The government sought Sayedee’s capital punishment in the other six charges where he was found guilty while the defence sought acquittal.