Nation ready to mourn murder of Bangabandhu, Fugitive convicts yet to be repatriated from US, Canada
Publish Date : 2014-08-12, Publish Time : 00:00, View Count : 203
In less than a week, the nation will mourn the assassination of country's founder and first president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. But some fugitive assassins are yet to be brought back from abroad, especially from the US and Canada.
Against this backdrop, at a meet-the-press at the National Press Club on Monday, reporters asked the High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh, Heather Cruden, whether a fugitive assassin (dismissed Major Noor Chowdhury), now living in Canada, would be repatriated through a third country.
However, she parried the question but referred it to the Immigration and Refugee Board (judicial court) of Canada that may decide on the fate of the political asylum application of the former officer of the Bangladesh Army.
The Bangladesh government repeatedly blamed Canada for giving refuge, since 1996, to the most wanted fugitive Noor Chowdhury, now at his 61.
The largest circulated Toronto Star also lamented that he (Chowdhury) had never been punished for his crimes.
Chowdhury, who denies his involvement in the military coup that killed Bangladesh's first President, has been living in his Etobicoke apartment, near Toronto Airport, allegedly knowing that Canada is unlikey to send him back to Bangladesh, where he has been convicted of killing Bangabandhu and faces death penalty.
In 2009, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh confirmed Chowdhury and 11 other military officers to death for murdering Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members.
Of them, five were hanged, one died and six are still absconding. Syed Faruque Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed and AKM Mohiuddin were executed on January 28, 2010.
The absconding convicts are Col (retd) Khandkar Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (retd) Shariful Haque Dalim, Major (retd) Noor Chowdhury, Lt Col (Retd) M Rashed Chowdhury, Abdul Mazed and Moslehuddin Khan. Abdul Aziz Pasha died in Zimbabwe in 2001. Earlier, Bangladesh formally wrote to the Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, to repatriate the convicted killer to Bangladesh.
Similar communication was made with the United States government for sending back fugitive convict Lt Col Rashed Chowdhury.