US asks Bangladesh not to proceed with Jamaat leader Quamaruzzaman’s execution

About three million people were killed by Pakistani army and their Bengali-speaking collaborators during the war.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: April 11, 2015 8:30 pm
Harf_759 US State Department acting spokesperson Marie Harf. (Source: AP)

The US on Saturday asked Bangladesh not to proceed with the execution of top fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Quamaruzzaman, who has lost his final bid to overturn his death sentence for the 1971 war crimes.

Quamaruzzaman, 63, has been convicted of committing crimes against humanity, and siding with Pakistani troops during the Liberation War.

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“We greatly respect the decisions of the International Crimes Tribunal and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in Chief Prosecutor vs Muhammad Quamaruzzaman, and note in particular the judicial rigour applied to this ruling,” US State Department acting spokesperson Marie Harf said.

“We believe that broad and enduring support for this process both nationally and internationally can be best achieved by exercising great care and caution before imposing and implementing a sentence of death,” Harf said.

The ICT found Quamaruzzaman guilty of mass killing, abduction, rape, torture, murder, persecution and abetment of torture in central Mymensingh region.

Harf asserted that the ICT trials must be fair and transparent, and in accordance with international obligations that Bangladesh has agreed to uphold through its ratification of international agreements.

“We have seen progress, but still believe that further improvements to the ICT process could ensure these proceedings meet domestic and international obligations.

“Until these obligations can be consistently met, it is best not to proceed with executions given the irreversibility of a sentence of death,” Harf said.

She said countries that impose a death penalty “must do so with great care, in accordance with a very high standard of due process and respect for fair trial guarantees.”

About three million people were killed by Pakistani army and their Bengali-speaking collaborators during the war.

If the verdict is carried out, Quamaruzzaman will be the second Jamaat leader after Quader Mollah to be executed for the 1971 offences.

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    DA
    Apr 12, 2015 at 12:04 am
    This is pretty rich. The US has probably one of the worst records of modern, democratic countries in false convictions. Literally hundreds of people have been exonerated of their crimes (using modern forensic techniques) after having served decades. There is no reason to believe that among the hundreds that have been executed, there would have been a similar ratio of innocents. This is not a critique of the US policy on death sentences, but more a comment on their duplicity and hypocrisy. Not surprising, perhaps, given that the then Nixon led US administration supported the marauding stani regime and army.
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      freethinker
      Apr 11, 2015 at 9:04 pm
      THE USA SHOULD GET ITS JUSTICE SYSTEM IN ORDER BEFORE TRYING TO INFLUENCE OR COMMENTING ON HOW JUSTICE SYSTEMS IN OTHER DEMOCRACIES WORK. THE BANGLA DESH GOVERNMENT IS DOING AN EXTREMELY CREDITABLE JOB BY BRINGING WAR CRIMINALS TO LONG OVERDUE JUSTICE. THE AMERICANS ARE MASTERS OF DOUBLE STANDARDS. GUANTANAMO IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THEIR STANDARDS, ETHICSAND PRACTICES.
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        Nafiul
        Apr 12, 2015 at 2:08 pm
        Asking!! Ok then where were you (US) when 3 million Bengali were killed and 1 million raped?
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          kr m
          Apr 11, 2015 at 10:00 pm
          Osama Bin Laden's execution was perfect.
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            Krishnamurthi Ramakrishnan
            Apr 11, 2015 at 10:58 pm
            Did US follow the same yard stick for Sadam?
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