Trial in Bangladesh for alleged criminals for international crimes

by Barrister Harun ur Rashid | December 4, 2007 12:38 pm

Crime, although committed against a person, is an offence against a State and that is why state prosecutors (public prosecutors) pursue a criminal case. A person who allegedly commits a crime can always be charged until he is alive. Unlike civil litigation or disputes, length of time does not affect crime. In other words, it does not have statutory limitation.

War crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity are categorized as international crimes. These crimes have their universal application because of their brutality and systematic attack against civilian population.

Any individual suspected to have committed such crimes can be tried by states at any time that are parties to the 1948 Genocide Convention and the 1998 Rome Statute of International Criminal Court.

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