Dhaka, Dec 4 (bdnews24.com)—As Canada declines to deport S H B M Noor Chowdhury, a convicted Bangabandhu killer, the government says it wants to work with the Canadians on the extradition.
A foreign ministry media release quotes minister Dipu Moni saying that Dhaka understands the difficulty faced by the North Americans over the issue. The statement came after a meeting with Canadian high commissioner Heather Cruden at her office on Sunday.
"Our government has a clear policy that we cannot extradite people to that country where there is death sentence," Cruden earlier told reporters after the meeting.
"She (Dipu Moni) said that while Bangladesh understands the difficulty faced by Canada because of a decision by the Canadian court regarding any individual convicted with death sentence, Bangladesh expects to work together with Canada to find a solution on the issue," the ministry said in the statement.
Noor Chowdhury, one of the convicts of Bangabandhu killing, is now in Canada.
"The foreign minister raised the issue and I will again raise the issue with my government," Cruden told the press.
On Oct 5, the foreign minister wrote to the US and Canadian authorities to hand over the two Bangabandhu killers to Bangladesh residing in those countries.
Dipu Moni sent the letters to her counterparts - secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird.
The Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were brutally killed in Aug 1975 by some army officials and out of the 12 convicted, five were hanged in 2010, one died, six are absconding.
The death convicts Lt Col (retd) M Rashed Chowdhury is now in the US.
Col (retd) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, lt col (retd) Shariful Haque Dalim, Abdul Mazed and Moslehuddin are absconding while Abdul Aziz Pasha died in Zimbabwe in 2002.
Interpol has issued warrant to arrest them.
The five convicted – Syed Faruque Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, Mohiuddin Ahmed and AKM Mohiuddin – were hanged on Jan 28 last year.
On Oct 5, law minister Shafique Ahmed said Bangabandhu's killers will get legal protection upon extradition.
It was a misconception, he added, that the killers would be hanged the moment they return to Bangladesh.
If they show their respect to law and return, they will get the opportunity to appeal, ask for review and presidential clemency, he had said.