PM assures ICC of support in examining Rohingya crisis | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:44 AM, February 17, 2019

PM assures ICC of support in examining Rohingya crisis

Welcoming the decision of International Criminal Court (ICC) to send a team for "preliminary examination" of the atrocities on Rohingyas by Myanmar Army, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday assured them of extending all-out support in this regard.

"The ICC team is scheduled to visit Bangladesh next month," Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said while briefing reporters about the outcome of PM's meeting with ICC Chief Prosecutor Dr Fatou Bensouda.

Bensouda said ICC has already brought the Rohingya issue under its jurisdiction and established a court for the trial of the perpetrators. An ICC team will visit Bangladesh to have a preliminary examination aimed at establishing the case, she added.

Shahidul said Sheikh Hasina laid emphasis on bringing the perpetrators of Pakistan army's genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 to book, and she underlined the background of Bangabandhu's killing in 1975, and informed ICC chief prosecutor about the trial process of the killers.

Bensouda, a national of Gambia and an international lawyer, said she knows about the brutal killing of Bangabandhu and already conveyed her concern to the Bangladesh ambassador. She requested the prime minister to visit ICC to speak to the judges on the issue of the trial of 1971 genocide.

Earlier, Executive Director of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Beatrice Fihn thanked the prime minister for Bangladesh's strong position on nuclear abolition issue. 

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