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Bangladesh: United Kingdom High Commissioner

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the inquiries by the Government of Bangladesh into the attack on the United Kingdom high commissioner in 2004 were satisfactory; and what is the latest information they have received from the Government of Bangladesh in this case.[HL6563]

Since the grenade attack in Sylhet in May 2004 in which the high commissioner was injured, we have taken every available opportunity to stress to the Government of Bangladesh the importance of bringing the perpetrators to justice, not least for the relatives of those who tragically died. It is vital for the Government of Bangladesh to conclude credible investigations into this and other attacks as soon as possible. Regrettably, despite the high profile of the cases and consistent lobbying by the UK, EU and others in the international community, the Bangladeshi authorities have so far failed to bring these investigations to a satisfactory conclusion.

Most recently, the high commissioner issued a public statement on 21 May on this subject which is available on the website of our high commission in Dhaka at www.britishhighcominission.gov.uk/servlet/Front? pagename==OpenMarket/Xcelerate/Show Page&= Page &cid= 1101397177004&a=KArticle&aid=1145898689339.

Our high commission in Dhaka continues to raise this and other unresolved cases with the Government of Bangladesh at a senior level and on a regular basis.