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New letter sent to Interpol to locate Bangabandhu’s 6 fugitive killers

  • Published at 07:37 pm August 14th, 2015
New letter sent to Interpol to locate Bangabandhu’s 6 fugitive killers

Bangladesh Police forwarded a letter afresh to the Interpol to know the current location of the six fugitive killers of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as they are changing their locations.

Police and officials earlier said the fugitives appeared to be moving from one country to another, changing their locations to evade the security clampdown.

“We have sent a new letter to the Interpol through the Ministry of Home Affairs a few days ago requesting information on the latest location of the six fugitive killers,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque told the BSS.

All necessary measures have already been taken to bring the fugitive killers back as the nation is set to recall the Father of the Nation with profound gratitude today, marking his 40th anniversary this year, he said.

He further said two of the absconding convicts, former Lt Col SHMB Noor Chowdhury is staying in Canada and Lt Col Rashed Chowdhury is in the US.

The US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat on Thursday assured of providing assistance in bringing back Rashed and war criminal Ashrafuzzaman Khan, who is also believed to be in the US.

She made the assurance after paying a courtesy call to State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam at his secretariat office on Thursday.

The IGP said legal and diplomatic efforts are on to bring back the fugitive killers home. “The government has sent information along with photographs of the fugitive killers to important airports of the world through the Interpol to arrest them from anywhere they are.”

He said a task force headed by the law minister held several meetings on this matter so that these convicted killers could be brought back home for their execution.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali held a bilateral discussion with US Secretary of State John F Kerry at the US Department of State in Washington DC in February this year for repatriation of these heinous killers. The other fugitive killers are: sacked Lt Col Khondokar Abdur Rashid and Lt Col Shariful Haque Dalim.

Earlier, the Foreign Affairs Office confirmed the natural death of one of the fugitives, sacked Lt Col Aziz Pasha, in Zimbabwe in 2001.

In September 1997, warrants of arrest were issued against the fugitive killers through Interpol, which were renewed by the government in January 2010, as required under the Interpol rules on expiry of 10 years of the original order.

Twelve former army officers were handed down death sentences for masterminding and carrying out the August 15, 1975 carnage under a protracted trial process that began in 1996, when Awami League returned to power and scrapped an indemnity act that until then protected these killers from justice.

Five of them, who faced the trial in person or were tracked down subsequently, were hanged on January 28, 2010 after the Appellate Division cleared ways for their execution as they lost their last legal battle.

They were former lieutenants colonel Farookur Rahman, Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery), Shahriar Rashid Khan and AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed (lancer) and ex-major Bazlul Huda.

Huda was brought back home from Thailand after Dhaka and Bangkok signed an extradition treaty coinciding with the date of the trial court verdict while the United States returned sacked Lt Col AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed during the past military-backed interim government despite the absence of an extradition treaty.

The post-1975 military regimes also rewarded many of them with diplomatic assignments abroad and allowed others to float and run political parties at home until 1996, when Awami League returned to power.