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Bangladesh: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th June 2007.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has made representations on the detention without trial of the former prime minister of Bangladesh, Mondud Ahmed, to the military government of Bangladesh.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We understand that a court hearing on this case is due to take place on 17 June. It is the right of the caretaker government of Bangladesh to take legitimate measures against corruption and the abuse of public office. We have made clear to them the need to resolve the cases of those in detention promptly and through due process. We continue to urge the caretaker government, the armed forces and the law enforcement agencies to act impartially and with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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