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Commutation of death sentence for Islamist

01, Sep 2014 / BANGLADESH / 217 Words

Keesing’s Record of World Events (Formerly Keesing’s Contemporary Archives 1931-2014)
Volume 60 (2014), Issue No. 9 (September), Page 53570

The Supreme Court on Sept. 17 commuted a death sentence handed down in February 2013 to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice president of the conservative Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, after he was convicted by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (BICT) of crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence [see pp. 52484; 52549]. Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain gave no explanation of the reduction of Sayedee’s sentence by a majority verdict.

Sayedee had been found guilty of abetting Pakistani forces in murder, rape, torture, arson, and the forcible conversion of Hindus to Islam.

A court in Dhaka (the capital) on Sept. 2 charged 41 activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the JI with burning a vehicle and throwing home-made bombs at police during political disturbances in Dhaka on March 6, 2013 [see p. 52549]. The court ruled that the trial of the case would commence on Oct. 12; of the defendants, 20 were still at large.

A court in Dhaka on Sept. 4 charged six television presenters for Islamist television channels in connection with the murder on Aug. 27 of Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi, an anti-militant Islamic scholar from the majority Sunni community. Faruqi was a prominent office holder of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), which was tolerant of minority Shia Muslims, and was himself a television presenter.

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