Bangladesh Police have urged Interpol authorities to show respect to convictions made by the country’s High Court before withdrawing its red notices issued for criminals.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque made the call on Monday while briefing reporters on the second day of the three-day Chiefs of Police Conference of South Asia and Neighbouring Countries organised by Bangladesh Police and Interpol.
“Interpol red notices issued for criminals were at times withdrawn even though those criminals were convicted by the High Court of Bangladesh.
“They [Interpol] should respect the verdicts given by our High Court. If they choose not to honour our court systems, then we have some reservations. The government is not taking the matter lightly.
“However, Interpol representatives have informed us that they would inform the matter to the organisation so that an accused do not receive any favours from Interpol.”
Bangladesh also requested Interpol to find out the current status of the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman so that they can be arrested in collaboration with the country they are hiding in.
Shahidul said Bangladesh had provided Interpol with information on many of Bangabandhu’s killers previously. “We urged them to take our information seriously, to which they gave positive response.”
Talking about other issues, the IGP said Bangladesh Police have requested Myanmar Police to destroy the yaba manufacturing factories in the bordering areas and take necessary steps to stop illegal drugs from entering Bangladesh.
The Malaysian Police were requested to help Bangladeshi people and labourers in legal issues if they seek support when in trouble.
Responding to a Bangladeshi proposal, Sri Lanka assured that they would provide support to Bangladesh CID in investigating the Bangladesh Bank heist in which an amount of $20 million was deposited at a Sri Lankan bank.
Afghanistan Police have sought Bangladesh’s support in training the country’s officers to help them combat crime.
Responding to another query, the IGP said police-to-police cooperation is required as it is a global family.
Regional partnership among police officials was also stressed at the conference to avoid the lengthy process where police have to wait for around six months if a diplomatic or any bureaucratic channel is followed.
Proposal of Interpol regional office in Bangladesh
Bangladesh police made a proposal to Interpol regarding setting up its South Asian Regional Office in Bangladesh, to which the intergovernmental organisation facilitating international police cooperation gave a positive response.
IGP Shahidul Haque said: “We have received positive response from Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock regarding our proposal. The organisation told us that they would consider the proposal if we [Bangladesh] come up with necessary logistics for the office.”
Bangladesh have informed Interpol that it would consider the proposal and let them know, said the IGP.
Shahidul said the decision to set up a regional Interpol office was taken to eliminate extremism, terrorism and transnational crime with the support of international police network as a number of participants urged to initiate such a police office or hub in response of growing militancy and terrorism in Bangladesh.