Canada to deport Sheikh Mujib`s fugitive killer: Minister

Last Updated: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 23:21

Dhaka: A fugitive killer of Bangladesh`s
founding leader Sheikh Mujib is to be deported after Canada
rejected his plea for asylum, amid stepped up efforts by the
Awami League government to bring to justice the absconders in
the assassination, the Law Minister said on Sunday.

Shafique Ahmed said Canada has ordered the deportation
of ex-Major Noor Chowdhury, rejecting his asylum prayers.

"Canada has rejected the prayer of condemned convict
Noor Chowdhury seeking asylum in that country," Ahmed said.

The development comes days after Bangladesh`s Supreme
Court upheld the death sentence on 12 of the killers of Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman after final appeal hearing.

The Interpol has already issued "red alert" to nab the
fugitives linked to the assassination of Sheikh Mujib who are
believed to be living abroad.

Former military officer Chowdhury, according to the
murder trial proceedings, shot Sheikh Mujib dead along with
ex-Maj Bazlul Huda.

Ahmed, however, said Chowdhury still had an option to
stay back, seeking a court intervention.

Chowdhury would be third wanted convict in the case to
be deported. In 1998 Huda was returned home from Thai jail
after Dhaka and Bangkok signed an extradition treaty, while
the US deported another convict of the case ex-Lt Col. AKM
Mohiuddin in 2007.

Sheikh Mujib, popularly called Bangabandhu, who led
Bangladesh to independence in 1971, was gunned down at his
home in a posh Dhanmandi area, along with his wife and three
sons in a coup on August 15, 1975.

Earlier, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said the
government has started the process to bring back the
absconding killers.

The apex court upheld the death sentence awarded to
the 12 killers by a lower court in 1998.

The six fugitives are sacked Lt Col Abdur Rashid,
Shariful Haq Dalim, Noor Chowdhury, Rashed Chowdhury, Captain
Mazed and Risaldar Moslem Uddin.

According to reports, six of the 12 convicted killers
of Sheikh Mujib were holed up in Libya, US, Canada, Pakistan
and Kenya, while one died in Zimbabwe.

According to sources, Rashid, one of the key plotters
of the massacre, has settled Libya, where he has been involved
in construction business. He often visits Pakistan and
Singapore, the report said.

Dalim lives in Pakistan, and frequently travels to
Libya and Kenyan capital Nairobi where he has businesses, it
said. The report, based on intelligence sources, said Nur
Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury are in Canada and the US.
Rashed is trying to secure asylum in the US.

The Home Minister said the absconding killers were on
the move from one country to another to avoid being
extradited.

Hasina-led Awami League initiated moves to sign
extradition treaties with different countries to bring back
the condemned convicts in 1996.

The five, who will face the gallows, are sacked army
officers Lt Col Syed Faruq Rahman, Sultan Shariar Rashid Khan,
Mohiuddin Ahmed, AKM Mohiuddin and Huda.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 23:21

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