Death sentence of top Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi was on Wednesday commuted to life imprisonment by Bangladesh Supreme Court, however the verdict does not seem to satisfy his supporters as his party Jamaat-e-Islami is now demanding him to be released immediately.
Announcing the verdict without any explanation, Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain of Bangladesh Supreme Court said that Sayeedi “must remain in the prison for the rest of his natural life”, reports said.
Soon after the verdict, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party demanded Sayeedi be released immediately, the party wrote on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Sayeedi was convicted last year in February by Bangladesh war crimes tribunal that sentenced him to death, convicting him for war crimes committed during the nine-month 1971 war of independence against Pakistan.
Sayeedi, the most senior JeI leader to be convicted then, was charged on eight counts including guilty of charges including mass murder, torture, forcefully converting Hindus to Islam and even rape.
His conviction triggered fierce protests and clashes that killed dozens across the country.
Hundreds of thousands were killed and millions more were forced to escape to India in the 1971 war of independence after Bangladesh split from Pakistan.