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Sep 01

35 members of European Parliament urge Hasina to stop death sentence of Mir Quasem Ali

35 members of the European Parliament have written a letter to Hasina urging to stop the death sentence of Mir Quasem Ali. The letter is reproduced below as follows,

Member of European Parliament

Dear Prime Minister Hasina,

We write to express our concern of the unlawfulness of the legal procedures at the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), a special domestic court with the jurisdiction to try and punish any person accused of committing atrocities, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

We recall that the European Parliament expressed concern over the human rights violations in Bangladesh its resolution in September 2014, noting in particular the strong and repeated criticism that the ICT does not comply with the international standards. It is alarming that the Tribunal has sentenced to death 17 individuals, five of whom have been executed.

Mr. Mir Quasem Ali, a leader of the Bangladesh political party, Jamaat-e-Islami and victim of false and politically motivated prosecution, was sentenced to death on 2 November 2014. By numerous accounts, his trial failed all international standards of fairness and openness. The review of his case is due to be completed tomorrow, the 30th August. Against the background of pervasive and grave violations of due process in the proceedings against him, it would be unrealistic, in our view, to expect that the review would be conducted fairly, upholding the standards of due process. We are concerned over reports that it is highly likely that the execution of the sentence would be carried out immediately after the outcome of review is pronounced. We urge the Bangladeshi authorities to halt the proceedings and refrain from any execution of sentence until the fairness of the procedures against Mr. Ali have been fully investigated.

Furthermore, we condemn the reported abduction of Mir Ahmed bin Quasem the son of Mr. Mir Quasem Ali, who was in charge of his father’s legal strategy. We understand that he was taken from his home on the 9th August. His whereabouts are unknown. We urge the Bangladeshi authorities take immediate and robust steps to establish his whereabouts and well-being and make best endeavors to ensure his safe return.

Yours,

Members of the European Parliament
Heidi Houtala
Izaskun Bilbo Barcandica
Malin Bjork
Fabio Massimo Castaldo
Fabio De Masi
Stefan ECk
Ana Gomes
Hans-Olaf Henkel
Maria Heubuch
Eva Joly
Iosu Juaristi
Jude Kirton-Darling
Stelios Kouloglou
Merja Kyllonen
Bernd Lolmel
Ulrike Lunacek
Sabine Losing
Louis Michels
Marina Michels
Dimitris Papadimoulis
Kati Piri
Michele Rivasi
Liliana Rodrigues
Bronis Rope
Helmut Scholz
Molly Scott Cato
Barbara Spinelli
Bart Staes
Ivan Stefanec
Mark Tarabella
Miguel Urban
Ernest Urtasun
Ivo Vajgl
Varie-Cristine Vegiat
Josef Weidenholzer

Link of post in Bangla

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