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Law Minister: Efforts on to bring back fugitive Bangabandhu killers

  • Published at 12:10 am August 15th, 2020
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File photo of Law, Justice and parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq Dhaka Tribune

Abdul Majed, one of the convicts in the killing of Bangabandhu, was hanged on April 12, 2020, after being on the run for 20 years

The government has no clue about the whereabouts of three killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim and Moslehuddin Khan, according to Anisul Huq, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.

But investigations to track them down are still ongoing. The government’s efforts to track the fugitives down will end with their repatriation and execution of the court sentences on them, the minister said.

Anisul Huq on Thursday was answering questions from journalists at a virtual press briefing on ‘August 15, National Mourning Day’ from his Gulshan residence.

“As long as we are not able to bring them back and execute the court sentences, our attempts to locate and have them repatriated to Bangladesh will continue,” he added. 

One of the killers, Noor Chowdhury, is currently in Canada. Noor informed the Canadian government that he had been sentenced to death here in Bangladesh, the law minister said.

According to Canadian extradition law, the government does not hand over convicts to countries where the death penalty is in force.

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“Taking advantage of that law, Noor is now living in Canada. We had asked the Canadian government for all the documents regarding the application filed by fugitive Noor when he sought political asylum, and why they allowed him to live in their country based on that.

“The Canadian government had initially denied that request, stating that it could not disclose those documents due to the Privacy Act. We then appointed a lawyer and filed a plea with a Canadian court in this regard. The court finally said that those documents could be shared with us,” the minister added. 

Regarding Rashed Chowdhury, another of Bangabandhu’s killers, the minister said: “Rashed was given political asylum in the United States. We are observing the current situation, and continuing talks on the matter.”

“We don’t know the whereabouts of the remaining three killers. Our investigations are still ongoing, and we believe that we will be able to track them down,” he stated.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on November 19, 2009, upheld a High Court verdict confirming capital punishment for 12 people, including six in particular, for the assassination of Bangabandhu and most of his family members.

Five of the convicts — Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed — were executed on January 27, 2010. The Bangladesh government confirmed via different sources that fugitive killer Aziz Pasha died in Zimbabwe in 2001. 

After being on the run for over 20 years, another killer Majed, a sacked Bangladesh Army officer who later served in different government positions, was arrested on April 7 this year. The government carried out the capital punishment pronounced on him by hanging him on April 12.

The remaining fugitives are Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Moslehuddin Khan.

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