The UK government position in seeking justice against those who have committed war crimes has been clearly expressed by Lord Carlisle in the news item linked below. If it is true that there are the large numbers of such war criminals taking refuge in the UK from the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence, then the Bangladesh government’s use of the International Crimes Tribunal Act 1973 will be a flawed instrument upon which to seek their extradition, as it will be ruled as a defective process for criminal justice not meeting fair trial standards as recognised by the international courts. Extraditions will not be possible as UK courts would be bound to refuse any requests. The strategy to seek approval of the government’s measures by sending envoys to publicise the issue of war crimes trials fails to also brief those they meet upon the substance of the legal process. However, Lord Carlisle clearly refers to justice which incorporates the concept of the internationally recognised fair trial.
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