Progress made in bringing back Bangabandhu’s killers: Shafique
Reported by: UNBconnect
Reported on: Oct 05, 2011 02:44 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) - Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed on Wednesday said the government is making all out efforts including legal means to bring back Bangabandhu’s convicted killers Maj (retd) Noor Chowdhury from Canada and Maj (retd) Rashed Chowdhury from USA.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of the `task force on brining back the convicted accused in the Bangabandhu murder case’, he said lawyers have been appointed to bring back the two convicts through legal process and there has been good progress.
Shafique said the government does not know the whereabouts of the remaining four convicts as they kept changing their locations from time to time.
Of the 12 convicted accused, five were hanged to death, one died abroad and six others are hiding abroad.
Asked if the convicted accused will face the punishment soon after return to the country, the Law Minister said they can appeal to the higher court against their conviction and seek review of the judgment by the appellate division. And finally they can also appeal to the President for clemency.
“Therefore, it is not correct to say that they will face punishment as soon as they would be brought back,” he said.
Asked about hiding of another convicted accused, Risalder Muslehuddin in India, Shafique said they have not yet ascertained his stay in India.
Replying to a question about incidents of kidnapping, Home Minister Sahara Khatun, who was present in the meeting, said: “The present law and order situation is better compared with any time in the last 10 years.”
She said the government will take action about the tracing the “kidnap victims” if their families submit petition to the Home Ministry.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, the Foreign Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Law Secretary, the Attorney General, and representatives of police and intelligence agencies attended the meeting.