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Bringing Bangabandhu Killers To Justice
Pak, US, Canada not helping: PM
Special Correspondent
Published :Thursday, 3 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 262

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed her indignation over Canada, United States and Pakistan for deliberately harbouring self-confessed assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"The government is making all-out efforts for full execution of the verdict on the Bangabandhu murder case by bringing back home six remaining convicted fugitives from abroad," she said in the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) during the Prime Minister's question-answer session.
Hasina said the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu was held in the normal court amidst many obstacles despite an indemnity awarded to them. One day, the verdict would certainly be executed fully, she affirmed.
Bangladesh has hanged five of the 12 convicted killers. Six are absconding and one died abroad.
Of the 12 convicts, Syed Faruk Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda and AKM Mohiuddin were hanged in 2010.
Another convict, Abdul Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe.
Of the absconding killers, Rashed Chowdhury and Noor Chowdhury were granted asylum by the US and Canada respectively.
Media reports suggest Moslemuddin is also in the US, while Abdul Mazed has been changing countries on a regular basis.
The Prime Minister noted that Interpol had issued red corner notice for the killers.
Bangabandhu and almost all members of his family were killed in a military putsch by a dozen rogue army officers on August 15, 1975.
The Prime Minister described the horrific episode of August 15, 1975 which plunged Bangladesh into the politics of killing, coup and conspiracy. "Flagrant violation of constitution and illegal usurp of power had also began after that brutal incident,' she told the House.
She further said, "Ziaur Rahman declared himself as the president of Bangladesh, prevented me and my sister Sheikh Rehana to return home. The passport of Sheikh Rehana was sent to Bangladesh High Commission in London for renewal as its tenure expired. But at the directive of Ziaur Rahman, the high commission neither renewed the passport nor issued a new one."
After her return to Bangladesh in 1981, General Ziaur Rahman, the military dictator also barred her from entering the Bangabandhu's house at Dhanmondi Road 32 and offer prayer for her parents and brothers, keeping the house under lock and key.
Sheikh Hasina said Ziaur Rahman with an ulterior motive also changed the number of the road no 32 of Dhanmondi and allowed not a single Awami Leaguer to enter the house till June 12, 1981.
"All on a sudden, she said, the house was handed over to me on June 12, 1981 in an hour's notice after the killing of Ziaur Rahman. They put pressure on me to sign various documents to receive the house," Hasina said, adding: "I'm still unclear about what actually was their hurry to return my paternal home to me after a long time".
According to reports, two fugitives are presently living in the USA and Canada; two in Pakistan and the whereabouts of two killers are still unclear.
The government has appointed lawyers to deal with the matter with those countries and increased continued efforts to extradition of those killers, the Prime Minister also informed the House.
"Unfortunately, Pakistan is not cooperating with us. It's not clear why the civilised countries like USA and Canada are giving shelters to the self-confessed killers," she said in reply to questions from the lawmakers in the House. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury was in the chair.
Pakistan did not even admit that two of the killers of Bangabandhu were living in that country. "We do not get any help from Pakistan to locate them," Sheikh Hasina  added.
Khandker Moshtaq Ahmed, who became the president after the assassination of Bangabandhu, indemnified the killers.
Later, Bangladesh's first military dictator and founder of BNP Gen Ziaur Rahman appointed the killers at Bangladesh's foreign missions after assuming power. The Awami League-led government scrapped the indemnity ordinance in 1996 and started the trial of the killers.

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