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US respects decisions of the ICT, SC

Update : 12 Apr 2015, 11:39 AM

The United States respects the decisions delivered by the International Crimes Tribunal and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh against Jamaat-e-Islami's Senior Assistant Secretary General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.

Marie Harf, acting department spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson of the US Department of State, said this in a press statement entitled “Statement on the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) Death Sentence of Kamaruzzaman” on Saturday, just ahead of the execution of the war criminal Jamaat leader.

“We greatly respect the decisions of the International Crimes Tribunal and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in Chief Prosecutor vs Mohammed Kamaruzzaman, and note in particular the judicial rigor applied to this ruling,” said Harf.

"We believe that broad and enduring support for this process both nationally and internationally can be best achieved by exercising great care and caution before imposing and implementing a sentence of death," she added.

Harf said: “In doing so, the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) trials must be fair and transparent, and in accordance with international obligations that Bangladesh has agreed to uphold through its ratification of international agreements, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 had sentenced Kamaruzzaman to death on May 9, 2013 for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. On November 3, 2014, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the tribunal verdict. Kamaruzzaman's review petition was rejected by the Appellate Division on April 6.

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