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Bangladesh war crimes trial an internal matter: India

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 21:28

New Delhi: India on Wednesday termed as "internal matter" the decision by the Bangladesh Supreme Court to give death sentence to fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah for 1971 war crimes.

"This is an internal matter for Bangladesh and for the people of Bangladesh to decide. We do understand that given the horrific crime that was committed.... And taking into account the aspirations of the Bangladeshi people, (they will) try and bring a closure to this by ensuring justice is provided," the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said here.

He also said India has full confidence in the judicial system of that country but what the procedural issues are, was for the Bangladeshi people to decide.

He was responding to a query on Mollah, 65, the fourth- highest Jamaat leader being given death sentence by the Bangladesh Supreme Court after it rejected an appeal to acquit him of all charges related to 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

The BGB and BSF issued a joint statement saying, after deliberate discussion on the specified agendas, the conference agreed that "incidents of deaths and loss of life on the border are extremely unfortunate and regrettable" as the two sides raised deep concerns over casualties of both the nationals.

Agreements were also reached to take all possible measures to bring down the death toll further and put in place mechanisms which greatly reduced the scope for such incidents and strengthened mutual trust and goodwill among the two border forces, the statement said.

"The number of such incidents has steadily come down in the last few years," it added.

"On security-related issues, both sides reiterated their commitment to continue mutual cooperation and decided to adopt multiple channels of communication between the commanders at the root level for quick and timely decisions in case of incidents in the border," the statement read.

To prevent smuggling of fake notes/drugs/narcotics, including Phensedyl, both sides agreed to continue close cooperation, including sharing of intelligence and interrogation reports on traffickers` details, forward and backward links, and follow up of trials in this regard," the statement said.


First Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 21:28
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