Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th December 2013.

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Photo of George Galloway George Galloway Respect, Bradford West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Bangladeshi government not to proceed with the execution of Abdul Qader Mollah.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

On 10 December, our high commissioner in Dhaka made representations to the Government of Bangladesh. On the same day the Senior Minister of State, my right hon. and noble Friend Baroness Warsi issued a statement expressing her deep concern at the imminent execution and restating our opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. During her visit to Bangladesh on 12 December, Baroness Warsi reiterated the UK's objection to the use of the death penalty as a matter of principle to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Regrettably, these appeals were not successful and his execution took place on 12 December.

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