Bangladesh war crimes case: Judge delays hearing

The 1971 war began after tens of thousands of people were killed in the capital Dhaka.

Dhaka: A special tribunal on Wednesday delayed a
potential war crimes indictment against a leader of
Bangladesh`s largest Islamic party, which calls the case
politically motivated.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee and four other leaders of the
Jamaat-e-Islami party are jailed pending investigation of
crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1971
independence war against Pakistan.

The hearing today had been to indict Sayedee after the
investigation in his case was complete. Instead, head tribunal
judge Nizamul Huq set a Sept 4 hearing after the defence
sought time, accusing the prosecution of noncooperation.

Sayedee faces charges of killing more than 50 people,
torching villages, rape, looting and forcibly converting
Hindus to Islam.

The prosecution said Sayedee led a team in Pirojpur
district where about 30,000 people were killed and dumped in
12 mass graves.

Sayedee has denied the allegations against him. He would
be the first of five party leaders to be indicted if the
tribunal goes ahead with the case. All five, including the
party chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, were arrested last year on
similar charges of crimes against humanity.



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