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FCO responds to Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal verdict

Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi has commented on the first judgement reached by the International Crimes Tribunal and the death penalty handed down to Abul Kalam Azad.

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The Minister said:

“The British Government notes the verdict by the International Crimes Tribunal in the case of Abul Kalam Azad. The British Government supports the efforts of Bangladesh to bring to justice those responsible for committing atrocities during the 1971 War, although we remain strongly opposed to the application of the death penalty in all circumstances.

“The British Government is aware of concerns expressed by some human rights NGOs and legal professionals about proceedings at the International Crimes Tribunal. We hope that the International Crimes Tribunal addresses such concerns promptly and thoroughly to ensure the continued integrity, independence and reputation of the legal process in Bangladesh.”

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Published 21 January 2013