US envoy concerned about contempt petition sought against Human Rights Watch in Bangladesh

The U.S. ambassador says he is concerned about a contempt petition prosecutors are seeking against Human Rights Watch over a Bangladesh war crimes case.

Ambassador Dan Mozena said Wednesday that a human rights organization like it has "a critical role to play."

HRW issued a statement Friday that called the trial of former Jamaat-e-Islami party chief Ghulam Azam "deeply flawed."

The prosecutors who handled the trial sought permission Tuesday from a special tribunal to file a contempt notice against the New York-based rights organization because of its statement.

Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail for his role during the nation's independence war against Pakistan. Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed 3 million people in 1971.