Published:  12:45 AM, 08 July 2019

Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem

Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem

Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem was a Bangladeshi jurist and statesman. He was first Chief Justice of Bangladesh from 1972 to 1975. He became the President of Bangladesh in the aftermath of counter-coups in November 1975. He was made Chief Martial Law Administrator. He presided over a cabinet headed by the three chiefs of the armed forces. The cabinet included civilian technocrats and politicians. He resigned on grounds of ill health in April 1977, and was replaced by President Ziaur Rahman. Sayem started working as an advocate at the Calcutta High Court in 1944. He joined the newly established Dhaka High Court. He joined the law firm Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq as a junior advocate. He was elected Secretary of Dhaka High Court Bar Association. He was later elected vice president of the Bar association. He was a member of the East Pakistan Lawyers' Association.

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