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Move to bring back 2 killers of Bangladesh independence leader

Publication Date : 09-01-2013


The government of Bangladesh has decided to ask Washington and Ottawa to deport two convicted killers of country’s Independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman staying in the US and Canada, considering the killing as “crimes against the humanity”.

The decision was taken at meeting of the taskforce on bringing back the six fugitive killers of Mujib, who has been called “Bangabandhu”, meaning friend of Bengal, as a sign of respect.

Bangladesh’s Law Minister Shafique Ahmed, who heads the task force, told journalists later that the killing of Bangabandhu along with his family members is not a normal murder, and it can be considered as crimes against the humanity.

He noted that the US and Canada always stood for the trial of crimes against humanity

So, Bangladesh government will apply to the governments of the US and Canada to deport the two fugitive killers, Nur Chowdhury staying in Canada and Rashed Chowdhury in the US, the minister said.

Shafique mentioned that Nur has filed a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment application to the Canada government seeking permission to stay in that country.

Lawyers engaged by Bangladesh government are now trying to get the application disposed of soon, he said. The government will then take necessary steps in this regard.

Rashed is facing a similar situation in the US.

The government will also ask the lawyers it engaged in the US and Canada to inform it the latest legal status of the two fugitive killers, the minister said.

The government has traced some properties of the fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu and these will be confiscated when it gets authentic information in this regard, he said. Rajuk, the inspector general of registration and other agencies concerned have been directed to collect more information about properties of the fugitives.

In 2009, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 killers of Bangabandhu, including six fugitives. Of the 12, Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Mohiuddin Ahmed were executed on January, 27, 2010. Another convict, Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe in 2001.

The four others—Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, Abdul Mazed and Moslehuddin Khan—were seen in Pakistan, India, Kenya and Australia, the minister had said earlier.

The task force meeting was attended by, among others, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Senior Home Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed and Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker.


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