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Dhaka Tribune

UK will not send back Mueen

Update : 03 Nov 2013, 07:45 PM

Britain will not extradite Chowdhury Mueen Uddin, now a British citizen who was on Sunday convicted as a war criminal and sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh.

The British High Commission in Dhaka on Sunday told the Dhaka Tribune that Britain would not order a person’s extradition to Dhaka who “could be, will be or has been” sentenced to death.

“We will consider any extradition request received from Bangladesh within the terms of the Extradition Act of 2003. But in line with this Act, the government will not order a person’s extradition to Bangladesh if he could be, will be or has been sentenced to death for the offence,” high commission’s Head of Press and Communications Warren Daley wrote in an email.

The International Crimes Tribunal on Sunday sentenced al-Badr leaders Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Mueen Uddin for killing top Bangalee intellectuals in the last weeks of December 1971 towards the end of the Liberation War.

Ashraf now lives in the US and Mueen is in the UK. “The UK has made clear its support for Bangladesh’s efforts to bring to justice those accused of atrocities committed in 1971. Along with our EU partners, we are however opposed to the application of the death penalty in all circumstances,” Daley said.

Meanwhile, an official of the foreign ministry told the Dhaka Tribune that the government would initiate diplomatic efforts to bring back the two convicted war criminals but it might face some legal complexities.

“We will start the process as soon as we get instructions and approach the countries concerned where they [Ashraf and Mueen] are currently staying,” the official said.

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on Sunday said the ministries of home and foreign affairs would take “prompt” action to bring the two back and expressed hope that the countries where the two were staying would help.

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