'The issue is now about legal formalities including the post-mortem. Any decision with regard to rituals will be taken after the formalities are completed'
The body of Rashid Suhrawardy, who passed away in London on Thursday, is now under the care of a British coroner. The family will decide on the burial and funeral, after coroner’s report, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Saida Muna Tasneem on Monday.
“The issue is now about legal formalities including the post-mortem. Any decision with regard to rituals will be taken after the formalities are completed,” she told the Dhaka Tribune over phone from London.
Accordingly, Rashid’s body will undergo an autopsy.
The Bangladesh envoy said that she informed the family lawyer that the High Commission wishes pay its last respects on behalf of the government to Rashid Suhrawardy, son of legendary political leader and former prime minister of Pakistan Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy.
“It depends on the family, we were told,” she said.
Tasneem also said that many people living in the UK, especially people affiliated with the Awami League are also eager to pay their last respects to Rashid.
The late Rashid Suhrawardy lived on his own on the ground floor of his home and rented out the apartment on the upper floor.
“On Thursday night, the tenant called the police after getting no response from the deceased, who found the body,” she said, adding that the High Commission came to know of the death on Friday.
Mentioning that the late Rashid Suhrawardy had dual citizenship of Bangladesh and the UK, the high commissioner said the deceased was preparing to visit Bangladesh to accept an award on behalf of his father.