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Bangladesh protests against the statement issued by Turkish Foreign Office on execution of Mir Quasem Ali

he Government of Bangladesh protested against the press release published in the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey on 4 September 2016 on the execution of Mr. Mir Quasem Ali, a convict of crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh has issued a note verbale to the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka on Monday conveying Bangladesh’s dismay at the issuance of press release by Turkish Government on the execution and stated that such reactions tantamounts to interference in matters pertaining to a sovereign State. This also does not help foster bilateral relations that exist between the two brotherly countries, the protest note contains. Given the genesis of the establishing of the International Crimes Tribunals (ICT-BD) it was expressed that through these trials against the perpetrators of war crime and crime against humanity committed in 1971, the long cherished aspiration of the nation will be fulfilled, justice ensured, rule of law upheld and opportunities for true reconciliation will be created.

The note verbale elaborated the crimes perpetrated by Mr. Mir Quasem Ali, one of the central commanders of the infamous Al Badr militia force in 1971, who was involved in the commission of offences of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including planning, instigating and executing genocide, murder, abduction and torture in Chittagong during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The verdicts against him had been handed down through an independent, fair and transparent judicial process, with full access given to national and international media and without any political interference. The Prosecution produced irrefutable oral and documentary evidence proving charges against Mr. Ali beyond reasonable doubts. The defence lawyers of Mr. Ali had been given unimpeded access to the proceedings of the court throughout the trial process. The ICT-BD trials took solely into consideration the crimes i.e. crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh committed by Mr. Ali during 1971 and was not at all based on his political identity or affiliation.

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Monday, September 5, 2016