The British high commissioner does not want this matter to affect the relationship between the two countries
The government is seeking the support of the United Kingdom in order to bring Tarique Rahman—son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and current acting chairman of BNP—back to Bangladesh.
Law Minister Anisul Huq remarked this while addressing the press after his first meeting with the British High Commissioner for Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson, at his Gulshan office, on Wednesday.
"We discussed the Tarique Rahman issue. He is in London now. We want to get Tarique Rahman back; he is a fugitive convict. If criminals get political asylum in the UK, easily, then it is not a good example for Bangladeshi criminals," the minister said.
"Anyone who has been convicted should be in prison. Thus we want Tarique back," the minister added.
"We asked for some information about Nur Chowdhury, a killer of Bangabandhu, from the Canadian government. However, they have not provided any information yet, so we went to the Canadian court in this regard. On March 25, the court acknowledged the matter. The Canadian court will announce its verdict later," the minister furthered.
The law minister also talked about seeking international support to have the1971 genocide in Bangladesh—by Pakistani occupation forces—recognized as such, during the press briefing, but this topic was not discussed with the UK high commissioner.
Replying to the statements made by the Bangladeshi law minister, the British high commissioner said: "the UK does not want the friendly relationship between the two countries to be affected by this matter."
He furthered: "I will discuss this matter with my government in London. I will notify them about the fact that we had a conversation in this regard with the Bangladeshi government."