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Charges against Sayedee cooked up: Barrister Abdur Razzaq
Tuesday, 04 December 2012
Terming a ‘government-sponsored stage-managed drama’ the current trial under the updated International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973, defence counsel barrister Abdur Razzaq on Wednesday said no reference is available in the civilised history of trying such a cooked-up case.

Razzaq came up with the observations while making his argument on law points in connection with the war crimes case faces by detained Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Razzaq told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that the incumbent government had implicated former MP Sayedee in the case with a mala fide intention in order to drive him out from politics.

The defence counsel claimed that his client being a Jamaat-e-Islami identity enjoys popularity in his locality and elsewhere as a religious leader.

Razzaq told the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice M Nizamul Huq, that the government had come before the ICT with cases of the crimes against humanity perpetrated during the Liberation War after an unusual delay of long 40 years without any reasonable explanation behind it, which is the requirement of law in a fair trial.

About the charges against his client, Razzaq argued before the tribunal that if Sayedee is at all put on trial, he should be tried under the Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunals) Order 1972 (PO No 8), not under the updated International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 as the nature of most of the charges are aiding and abetting the occupation Pakistan army who had perpetrated the atrocities in Pirojpur during the Liberation War in 1971.

The Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunals) Order 1972 (PO No 8) as referred by defence counsel Abdur Razzaq for trying Sayedee was repealed in November 1975.

Sayedee, 72, was charged with 19 grievous offences that fall under section 3 (2) and its sub-sections of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.

The charges include genocide, rape, arson attacks, looting, forcibly converting Hindus to Muslims during the Bangladesh’s Liberation War in collaboration with the Pakistani occupation forces.

According to the charges, Sayedee, a Rajakar commander, who had also helped recruit Rajakars, an auxiliary force of Pakistan Army, and established makeshift army camps in Pirojpur for committing crimes against humanity.

Castigating the stance of the government pushing top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami to face the war crimes charges, Razzaq told the tribunal that several political parties like Muslim League, PDP and Nezami Islami had backed Pakistan during Bangladesh’s Liberation War, but Jamaat-e-Islami became the victim of war crimes as it stands on its feet in politics. The rest of the parties do not exist.

The defence arguments with accused Sayedee in the dock continued for the 8th day today.