Steven Kay QC with Toby Cadman of 9 Bedford Row, met with representatives of Jamaat-E-Islami on 30 June 2010 in London.This is an opposition party from Bangladesh. The reason for the meeting was a discussion concerning the Bangladesh International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973. This act arose after the 1971 war of independence which saw Bangladesh emerge as an independent State separate from West Pakistan.The act was never used to prosecute and is an interesting and little known piece of post-Nuremburg and pre-UN war crimes Tribunal legislation.
The International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 is attached.
Now in 2010 national trials are proposed and will be directed against those who previously supported West Pakistan in the Conflict. These trials will have open rules of evidence and fail to conform to the normal criminal procedures of the State.
The ICLB has suggested a conference to Jamaat in Dakha, for an open discussion by all parties and an analysis of these legal procedures.
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