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Foreign minister: Over 8,000 Bangladeshis in jails abroad

  • Published at 08:02 pm July 11th, 2019
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Collected

'It is the foreign ministry’s topmost priority to bring back the Bangladeshis from foreign prisons'

As many as 8,848 Bangladeshis are imprisoned in various prisons and detention centres in 44 countries across the world, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Thursday.

Responding to a question during the session in parliament, he said among those imprisoned abroad, 2,112 are in Indian jails – the highest number of Bangladeshis imprisoned in a single country.

There are 1,156 Bangladeshis in prison in Abu Dhabi, 768 in Saudi Arabia, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 316 in Kuwait and 327 in Turkey, he added.

“It is the Foreign Ministry’s topmost priority to bring back the Bangladeshis from foreign prisons,"the foreign minister added. 

He also said the ministry had been working with different embassies, and preparing travel documents and other necessary papers, in order to reduce the tenure of punishment or get complete clemency for the detainees, by appointing lawyers.