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Move To Bring Tarique Rahman Back

Home Ministry to contact Interpol

Published : Friday, 20 April, 2018 at 2:06 AM  Count : 897

Home Ministry to contact Interpol

Home Ministry to contact Interpol

The Home Ministry has taken up the issue of bringing back acting chairperson of BNP Tarique Rahman, who lives in exile in London, and four others convicted in graft and grenade attack cases, with the global policing agency the Interpol.

Home Minster Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal took the initiative after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Tarique Rahman must face justice for the crimes he committed. She also said her government was in talks with the UK authorities for his extradition.

 A high official of the Home Ministry told the Daily Observer on Thursday that law enforcers have sent a message to the Interpol to issue Red Alert to bring the convicts back to Bangladesh for justice.  

"He [Tarique] will have to face the court... definitely we will bring him back one day," she told an event in London. The Prime Minister is now in the British capital to join the Commonwealth Summit.

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five years in jail for misappropriating funds meant for the orphans. The swindled funds were a grant to the Zia Orphanage Trust, the charity named after Zia, slain husband of Khaleda, during her 1991-96 tenure as prime minister.

The court also sentenced her son Tarique Rahman, who lives in exile in London, and four others to 10 years in jail in the same graft case.

Police officials said Bangladesh sent a message to the Interpol on February 11 in 2015 to issue a Red Alert against Tarique Rahman following his conviction in August 21 grenade attack case.

And accordingly, the Interpol published a Red Alert on its website on April 13 in 2015, but it withdrew the notice on January 28 of 2017.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Police have expressed its disappointment at the withdrawal of the Interpol Red Alert against Tarique Rahman in March 2017.
The Interpol issues the Red Alert to help detect a fugitive criminal but it is an individual country's jurisdiction whether the
fugitive would be arrested or deported to his country of origin.

The global policing agency urged the law enforcing agencies of 190 member countries to provide "any information" to contact your national or local police," the Red Alert says.

The Red Alert issued by Interpol is neither an arrest warrant, nor it has the power to put pressure on the authorities concerned to arrest someone.
The Interpol notice says that the person concerned has arrest warrant against him issued by any of the member countries or International Crimes Tribunal. Interpol helps the police of member countries by identifying and locating the fugitive to make the extradition process easier.

The Interpol media centre did not provide any information regarding the date when the Red Alert was issued upon Tarique and said that according to their privacy policy it cannot divulge information to any individuals but only to authorities concerned.

Person against whom the Interpol has issued Red Alert has not been extradited from the United Kingdom so far due to legal complexities. The British government does not extradite fugitives back home even if they have extradition treaty with the country, as the higher court has the final say.

Tarique is living in exile in London since 2008 after securing parole in several cases on medical grounds. He is facing 14 charges wherein four, including the August 21 grenade attack, where 24 people were killed, are on trial and the rest are stayed.

Official sources in the police department said a request in this regard was sent to the international police organisation about three months ago and Interpol recently issued the red notice regarding Tarique Rahman, the official said.

Law Minister Anisul Haq recently said Tarique Rahman will be brought back home through the Interpol for executing the High Court verdict pronounced against him.

"If it's not possible than a new agreement will be signed between the two countries (UK and Bangladesh) for bringing him back to the country, if needed," he said while talking to journalists at his Ministry office about the verdict.

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