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Government unaware about Azad’s whereabouts: FM

  • Published at 03:24 pm April 23rd, 2013
Government unaware about Azad’s whereabouts: FM

Foreign minister Dipu Moni yesterday told the parliament that the government has no information on the whereabouts of absconding war criminal Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar who received the death sentence.

“Some dependable sources hinted that he was staying abroad. But the government is yet to receive any information of his [Azad’s] whereabouts,” she said while replying to a question from Faridunnahar Laily in a question-answer session.

However, she also said that it’s a huge task to bring back fugitives from abroad. It is not only the work of the foreign ministry, she added.

The minister also stated that the home ministry and the foreign ministry are working to bring back Azad.

On January 21, the international crimes tribunal (ICT) sentenced Azad to death for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

On March 30, last year, he fled from the country before the case against him commenced. Law enforcers said that he had fled to India through the Hili border.

The foreign minister also expressed hopes that the government would bring him back soon to execute the sentence.

A total of 6,919 members of the armed forces are now engaged in UN peacekeeping missions, the minister told the House, responding to a different question at the session, according to state-run news agency BSS.

The armed forces members are working under seven peacekeeping missions of the UN, she said, responding to a scripted question of M Abdul Latif (Chittagong-10).

Dipu Moni said the highest 2,545 Bangladesh peacekeepers are deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She added that 2,169 Bangladeshis are engaged in the UN Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI); 1,383 in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); 326 in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); 278 in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); 198 in the African Union/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID); and 20 peacekeepers in the South Sahara.

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