The government on Monday renewed request to the United States to expedite the deportation of MA Rashed Chowdhury, a fugitive convict for the murder of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen made the request this time to the US ambassador Earl Miller at the foreign ministry and said deportation of Rashed Chowdhury was a priority for the Bangladesh government.
Ambassador Miller called on the minister for handing over a letter of the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo, in the letter, appreciated Bangladesh’s readiness to support COVID-19 response supply chains, according a press release of the foreign ministry.
Pompeo also conveyed the US’s continued cooperation to Bangladesh during this pandemic.
Momen sought the US government’s support for RMG products to the US market, the single largest RMG export destination of Bangladesh, as the industry was facing challenges due to the cancellation of orders.
They discussed the Rohingya crisis that is being protracted and the US ambassador assured of continued support on this matter.
Rashed has been enjoying political asylum in the United States, according to unconfirmed diplomatic sources.
The other absconding killers are Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haq Dalim, SHMB Noor Chowdhury and Moslem Uddin.
Moslem Uddin was reportedly handed over by the Indian authorities to the Bangladesh law enforcing agencies earlier this month, according to Indian media reports.
The government has started a legal battle with filing a case with Canada Federal Court on June 7, 2018 seeking a ruling for disposing of a pre-removal risk assessment petition submitted by Noor as a protective shield to thwart attempts for his deportation.
The government is yet to get any specific whereabouts of Rashid and Dalim as the other condemned convicts Syed Faruk Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Muhiuddin Ahmed, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Abdul Mazed were hanged in last ten years.
One of the killers, Abdul Aziz Pasha, reportedly died in Zimbabwe and the government collected certificate about his death from the country.
Mujib was assassinated along with all but two of his family on August 15, 1975 at his Dhanmondi house in Dhaka by a group of army personnel. His daughters – Sheikh Hasina, now the prime minister, and Sheikh Rehana – survived the massacre as they were abroad.
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