Ajker Ograbani Desk | 15 August 2017 | 12:07 am
Diplomatic efforts to bring back fugitive convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman are yet to yield any concrete result though the government sees ‘certain progress’ to that end.
The government is still continuing ‘communication’ with the countries where the six fugitive killers are believed to have been hiding, officials said.
The six fugitive killers are former Lt Col Khandaker Abdur Rashid, SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Rashed Chowdhury, former captain Abdul Majed and Risaldar Moslehuddin.
Of them, the government knows the whereabouts of SHBM Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury and Risaldar Moslehuddin while it is not yet sure about three other fugitives – Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim and Abdul Mazed.
A cabal of army officers assassinated Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. No one of the six killers could be brought back yet despite efforts from the government as the nation is set to mourn the day on Tuesday.
The government has started a process to confiscate the assets of the killers of Bangabandhu while it has appointed lawyers in the US and Canada to extradite the fugitive convicts, officials said.
Law Minister Anisul Huq has recently said the government is trying to bring all the six fugitive convicted killers of Bangabandhu back to the country through diplomatic channels for executing their sentence.
He said the government has already identified the locations of two fugitive killers — Noor Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury. Noor Chowdhury is now in Canada while Rashed Chowdhury in the USA.
Dalim and Moslemuddin are believed to have been hiding in Spain and Germany respectively.
Government officials said they will continue efforts to find out the other four fugitive killers to bring them back to the country.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the Canadian government to extradite Noor Chowdhury, one of the self- proclaimed killers of Bangabandhu.
“One of the convicted killers of Bangabandhu is now residing in your country, extradite him,” she told outgoing Canadian High Commissioner Benoit-Pierre Laramee when he met her at her office.
Meanwhile, five killers of Bangabandhu – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed – were hanged in January 2010. Another killer Aziz Pasha had met the natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001.
On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officers for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members.
Though the government traced two convicts – Nur Chowdhury in Canada and Rashed Chowdhury in the USA, there is no extradition treaty with the US and Canada, while Canadian laws say that no person can be sent back to his or her country if he or she faces death penalty there.
Foreign Ministry officials said the government, however, will continue its efforts to bring back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu as the issue remains among top priorities of the government though it could not be done for various “complexities”.
A government official told UNB that the government will redouble its efforts to bring back the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu and make sure that none of the killers will be spared.