Two of the fugitive killers are in the US and Canada but the whereabouts of four others are unclear
Bangladesh Police is working with the Interpol to locate of the killers of Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Many of them are absconding, including five who were given death sentences in the [Bangabandhu killing] case. We have so far received concrete information on two—one in the US and the other in Canada,” Inspector General of Police Mohammad Javed Patwary said at a briefing at the police headquarters on Monday.
“We have been continuing our efforts to identify and arrest them through Interpol. The government is also coordinating with other agencies involved,” he added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Law Minister Anisul Huq are taking various initiatives to locate and return the killers to face punishment.
Some other killers are changing locations, the IGP said.
“Sometimes we get information that some of them are in Libya, or in Pakistan, or in South Africa. We are in touch with Interpol to determine their exact location,” he added.
The six absconding killers are: Noor Chowdhury, M Rashed Chowdhury, Khandkar Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, Moslehuddin Khan, and Abdul Mazed. Sources at government agencies say Noor currently resides in Canada and Rashed in the US.
Sources say there is speculation that Moslehuddin may be in the US but there is no official confirmation.
The repatriation process has seen little progress since the killers were sentenced to death in absentia in 1998, and the Supreme Court upheld the death sentences rejecting all the appeals in the case in 2009.
Self-confessed Bangabandhu killer Rashed Chowdhury fled to the US and was granted political asylum. He is currently living in California. Washington officially informed Dhaka of Rashed’s status in 2015.
Noor’s status has yet to be settled. He has not been granted asylum by Canada yet but he will not be deported either because of a Canadian law that prevents the extradition of people on death row.
Foreign Ministry sources said the government does not have specific information about Dalim and Rashid.
Unspecified sources have said Rashid has businesses in Libya and Kenya. But the Kenyan government has not provided any specific information.
Delhi has confirmed that Abdul Mazed and Moslehuddin are not in India.
Apart from the six fugitive killers, six others were sentenced to death in the case: Aziz Pasha, Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, and AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed.
Among them, Aziz Pasha died of natural causes in Zimbabwe—it is not confirmed when. Farooq, Shahriar, Mohiuddin, Bazlul and AKM Mohuiddin were hanged on January 28, 2010.
Bangabandhu and most of his family members were assassinated on August 15, 1975.