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US backing war trial

Insists on fair one

The United States has supported the trial of those who committed crimes against humanity during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.

It also urged the Bangladesh government to adhere to the due process and maintain domestic and international standards.

In a press statement issued in Washington DC on Tuesday, Victoria Nuland, spokesperson of the US State Department, said the United States supports bringing to justice those who commit such crimes.

"However, we believe that any such trials must be free, fair, and transparent, and in accordance with domestic standards and international standards Bangladesh has agreed to uphold through its ratification of international agreements, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," Nuland said.

"As Bangladesh addresses the legacy of atrocities committed during the Liberation War and as we await further verdicts by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal, the United States urges the Government of Bangladesh to adhere to the due process standards that are part of its treaty obligations, and to fully respect the rule of law," the spokesperson said.

The press statement further said the United States notes the conviction and death sentence announced Monday by Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) following the trial in absentia of Abul Kalam Azad for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

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The issue of backing the war trial is completely different from the issue of fair trial. What US say in diplomatic language is the trial procedures are flawed and it is unacceptable to local and international standards.

: Jumana Sarwar

It was the same US that backed Pakistan during the liberation war. And this very same US is the single biggest war criminal for its unjust war in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other parts of the world.

: Barkat


  • uday
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 01:27 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    Good reaction from USA. We hope they will support us until the activation of verdict.

  • Selma
    Thursday, January 24, 2013 04:11 AM GMT+06:00 (158 weeks ago)

    We know full well that Awami League is not conducting these trials as per International standards otherwise why would it be so vocal about articles written by the UK based Economist, Guardian and Independent topped by the You Tube Video stating that the process is flawed! I suggest that the EU and US asks for a retrial so that all these alleged crooks are put behind bars and punished properly, and I am sure all public will then support it.





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