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61 Bangladeshis face Interpol 'Red Alert'
Mamunur Rashid
Published : Saturday, 18 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 111
The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has issued red alert notices against 61 Bangladeshis including BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman but not a single one of them has ever been brought back to face trials.
The alert have been issued against some of the country's most wanted killers, including the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, war crimes convicts and several other top fugitives.
Although most of them are believed to be living in neighbouring India, with whom an extradition treaty exists, none have been brought back.
Many other fugitives are believed to be living in Canada, UK, USA and South Africa with whom extradition treaty does not exists. Several accused in the Bangabandhu murder case, August 21 grenade attack case and the 10-truck arms haul case number among them.
Many of Interpol's member countries, however, consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty.
Red Notices serve to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action, according to the Interpol website.
The INTERPOL, an intergovernmental organisation facilitating international police cooperation, also uploaded the particulars of the influential opposition leader on their official website in response to a request from Bangladesh officials made earlier this year.
Tarique has been living in London since 2008. Tarique is one of the 18 fugitives - including former Directorate General of Forces Intelligence director ATM Amin, who was later promoted to major general, and his colleague dismissed lieutenant colonel Saiful Islam Joarder - who faces charges in connection with the brutal attack on the Awami League rally in 2004.
 Of the 18 fugitives, the National Central Bureau for Bangladesh requested Interpol for issuance of red notice against Tarique early this year, while another against Maulana Mohammad Tajuddin Mia, brother of former BNP lawmaker Abdus Salam Pintu, in 2008.
Among the six murderers of Bangabandhu, Interpol issued Red Notices against AM Rashed Chowdhury, who is now in the United States, Nur Chowdhury who is in Canada and Abdul Mazed and Risaldar Mosleh Uddin who are in India, according to sources in the Home Ministry. Red Notices have also been issued against war crimes convicts Abul Kalam Azad and Abdul Jabbar.
Nur Hossain, an accused in the Narayanganj seven murder case, has had an Interpol Red Notice issued against him. He was arrested in June last year by Indian police for illegal trespassing. But even though Bangladesh sought his extradition in writing, and India gave assurances that he would be handed over, he still has not been repatriated.
Accused or convicted men being hunted across the globe to face Bangladeshi courts are leading happy lives as citizens of other countries.
Police started the process to bring back wanted criminal Mollah Masud, Shibir cadre Sazzad Hossain, Subrata Bain after Indian authorities informed about their arrest for illegal stay.
Interpol has issued red notice against former Jatiya Party MP Golam Faruk Ovi in accused with the sensational murder of model Tinni.
Other than the 'most wanted' criminals, there are also many other underworld criminals in and around Kolkata.
Interpol has issued red notices against Tanveerul Islam Joy, top terror Shahadat Hossain Bikash, Harris (leader of the infamous 'Harris Bahini'), Zafar Ahmed Manik, Haris Ahmed alias Haris, Khorshed Alam and Jishan and Rosen, former commissioner Fazlur Rahman Babul, Monir (brother of Pintu MP) and Aga Mithu of Narayanganj.
Assistant Inspector General of Police Mahbubur Rahman Bhuiyan, in-charge of the Interpol desk at police headquarters, told The Daily Observer that Interpol has nothing to do with the arrest or hand over of a fugitive. It is entirely the matter of a member country and its legal framework," He said the matter of extradition of a fugitive also involves whether the countries concerned have extradition treaty or not.

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