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Nov 13

Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) expresses grave concern over Kamaruzzman verdict

11 November, 2014

Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) expresses grave concern over the impending execution of Mohammad Kamaruzzman, who was sentenced to death by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal for his involvement in the 1971 War of Independence. Given the Tribunal’s repeated failure to uphold recognized standards of due process in proceedings before the court, Bangladeshi authorities must establish an official moratorium on executions immediately, and establish an internationally supervised judicial process to ensure that the victims of the 1971 conflict see justice through an impartial, independent, and transparent process.

CJA echoes the concerns of U.S. War Crimes Ambassador Stephen Rapp over the problematic procedure used to prosecute Kamaruzzman and the restrictions on evidence imposed on the defense. While Bangladesh has the authority and responsibility to hold perpetrators accountable for these serious crimes, the trials must meet the country’s international obligations of fairness and due process, especially when the death penalty is imposed.

CJA statement