No more testimony to defend Sayedee
[Bangla Daily Star] International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday closed recording the testimonies of defence witnesses for Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi
...Islamic orator and politician. He was a former Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2008, and is one of the most prominent leaders of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami...
in connection with crimes against humanity after the defence failed to produce witnesses.
Now only the closing statements of the prosecution and defence are left before the tribunal delivers the verdict in the case against the Jamaat-e-Islami
The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka
The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an
independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
The tribunal on Monday had asked Sayeedi's counsel to produce the remaining four witnesses yesterday.
But Sayeedi's counsel produced only one witness, Ganesh Chandra Saha, who was actually listed as a prosecution witness and was supposed to testify against Sayeedi.
After his cross-examination, the tribunal asked the defence whether they would produce any more witnesses for Sayeedi.
Defence counsel Mizanul Islam replied in the negative.
"Defence witness production closed," said tribunal Chairman Justice Md Nizamul Huq.
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