Rejecting calls for him to be hanged, Bangladesh’s top court Monday upheld a life sentence for Jamaat-i-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, convicted of committing war crimes.
The Supreme Court stood by its 2014 decision to jail Delwar Hossain Sayeedi for life over atrocities committed during the 1971 conflict that resulted in the separation of East and West Pakistan.
Sayeedi’s lawyers wanted the prominent member of Jamaat-e-Islami acquitted, while government attorneys sought capital punishment for the 77-year-old cleric. “The court rejected the review appeals by both sides,” Sayeedi’s lawyer Tanvir Al Amin told AFP.
Five Jamaat leaders, including Motiur Rahman Nizami, have been executed for their part in crimes committed during the war of independence.—AFP