Bangladesh ready to respond on war crime issues during Kerry's visit

Sun Online Desk

27th August, 2016 09:47:02 printer

Bangladesh ready to respond on war crime issues during Kerry's visit

Bangladesh is likely to convey its ‘firm position’ on continuation of war criminals’ trials apart from conveying tougher stance against terrorism and violent extremism during the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Bangladesh on Monday.

The government is ready to respond describing its position on the ‘people’s demand’ to continue the trials of war criminals ‘if the issue comes up for discussions’ at any stage, reports UNB.

“Let’s see what issues come up first apart from bilateral issues,” the source said without elaborating further.

In December 2013, Kerry had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla.

Kerry’s visit also came up during Prime Minister’s press conference held at her official residence Ganobhaban on Saturday.

When a questioner wanted to know the purpose of Kerry’s visit she, “I’ll be able to let you know and I’ll tell you what issues he’ll discuss and what he’ll tell after (my) discussions (with him).”

She said there are laws and courts here for trying the war criminals and the trial of war criminals is people’s demand.

“I hope at least you’ll have that confidence in me. I hope you won’t forget I’m Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter,” said the Prime Minister.

“My only identity is I’m daughter of the Father of the Nation. I think there is no need to answer further,” she responded to the questioner.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court adjourned till August 28 the hearing on a plea of 1971 Al-Badr commander Mir Quasem Ali seeking review of the apex court judgment that upheld death for him for committing crimes against humanity.

On August 23, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged the government of Bangladesh to annul the death sentence against war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quasem Ali.