US criticizes war criminal execution

US criticizes war criminal execution


The United States is sharpening its criticism of Bangladesh’s tribunal on war crimes after death sentences were upheld this week against two influential opposition leaders, US news said quoting AP.US lawmakers overseeing foreign policy reportedly described the tribunal as “very flawed” and a means of political retribution.The state department was less pointed, saying Friday that executions should not take place until it’s clear that the trial process meets international standards.According to the report, while rights groups say atrocities were committed and there needs to be accountability, international doubts over the legal proceedings are intensifying.It quoted Stephen Rapp, who until August served as president Barack Obama’s ambassador for war crimes, as saying it was “disturbing” that Chowdhury was denied the right to call alibi witnesses, including a former US ambassador, to provide testimony that he was not present in Bangladesh at the time the alleged crimes were committed.

Human Rights Watch reportedly said Mojaheed was sentenced to death for instigating his subordinates to commit abuses, although “no subordinates testified or were identified”.The AP report also mentioned that leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee voiced concern that “democratic space is shrinking” in Bangladesh amid “a growing climate of violence, fear and self-censorship.”In a letter Tuesday to the top US diplomat for South Asia, the lawmakers also criticised Bangladeshi leaders who allege a political conspiracy behind a spate of violent attacks by Muslim extremists this year on secular writers and bloggers, said the report.


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