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Momen: Deporting Rashed could be a game changer in Bangladesh-US ties

  • Published at 09:15 pm January 26th, 2021
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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen BSS

The foreign minister addressed the matter at a webinar organized by BEI

Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen hoped on Tuesday that the new US administration of President Biden would seriously consider deporting the convicted killer of Bangabandhu, Rashed Chowdhury, citing it as a game changer for Bangladesh-US relations. 

“I believe that the new US administration should look into this (deportation of Rashed) matter seriously. In fact, this could be a game changer in the Bangladesh-US partnership,” he said.

The foreign minister made the statement while speaking at a webinar titled “Bangladesh-US Relations: Opportunities and Challenges” organized by Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) as the chief guest.

He also said  Rashed Chowdhury, is living in the US with fake immigration papers, adding: “This issue over his deportation has been pending for a 10 years now.” 

The minister also mentioned that Dhaka requested the US government to speed up the return of Rashed Chowdhury to Bangladesh to face justice.

Special Adviser to PM Salman F Rahman, Professor Rehman Sobhan and Rounaq Jahan, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller and Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Shahidul Islam took part at the discussion while Ambassador Farooq Sobhan presented the keynote paper with BEI President M Humayun Kabir in the chair.

The government has traced two other killers of Bangabandhu’s remaining five convicted fugitives. They are both living in North America: Rashed Chowdhury and Noor Chowdhury, are now residing in the US and Canada, respectively.

After knowing the whereabouts of the killers, the Foreign Ministry and the Law Ministry have been deeply engaged with the US and the Canadian authorities to bring back these two absconding murderers.

The foreign minister also said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had written letters to her counterparts in those countries to send the killers back.

Meanwhile, on April last, sacked military captain Abdul Majed, one of Bangabandhu’s fugitive killers, was arrested and hanged at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

Majed was on the run for nearly two and a half decades to evade justice and after his arrest, he said he had been hiding in India’s West Bengal for the past 23 years and returned to Bangladesh in March 2020.

Twelve ex-military officers were sentenced to death for killing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975.

The five sacked army personnel – Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Mohiuddin Ahmed and Bazlul Huda – were hanged at Dhaka Central Jail on January 28, 2010

Another convict, sacked colonel Rashed Pasha, died of natural causes in Zimbabwe while he was on the run.

Farooq Rahman, Shahriar Rashid Khan and Mohiuddin Ahmed of artillery faced the trial in the judge court while Huda was extradited from Thailand and another Mohiuddin known as lancer Mohiuddin was sent back from the United States after the then district judge Golam Rasul delivered the judgment.

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