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Friday, May 1, 2015, Baishakh 18, 1422 BS, Rajab 11, 1436 Hijr

BD urges the US to repatriate Bangabandhu’s killer
Observer Online Desk
Published : Friday, 1 May, 2015,  Time : 7:48 PM,  View Count : 38
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Friday called upon the United State (US) to extend necessary support to repatriate
the convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who is now reportedly staying in the US.

He requested the US to expedite signing the extradition treaty with Bangladesh.

The Foreign Minister came up with the call when US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met the Foreign Minister at the State Guest House Padma.

Sherman took note of Foreign Minister's request and informed that the US Department of Justice is working on it.

The High Court sentenced 12 people, including fugitive Rashed Chowdhury, to death for their role in the assassination. Five of them
were hanged in 2011.

Bangladesh Ambassador to US Mohammad Ziauddin in an op-ed column, published in the US-backed news and information platform, US News on September 8, 2014, wrote that Chowdhury had went to the US in 1996 on a visit visa and applied for asylum.

The Under Secretary is in Dhaka to participate in the 4th Round of Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue.

Sherman thanked the Foreign Minister for his visit to the USA in February this year to participate in the White House Countering
Violent Extremism Summit and meeting Secretary Kerry. She stressed the importance of Bangladesh's continued engagements in the follow-up events of the Summit worldwide to share best practices in this field.

She also appreciated the impressive socio-economic development of the country and renewed her government's commitment to remain engaged in Bangladesh's development strides in the days ahead.

The Foreign Minister said that since his meeting with Secretary Kerry, there appears to be a boost in confidence in the relations.

Referring back to Secretary Kerry's interests to Visit Bangladesh during their discussions, the Foreign Minister expressed keenness to
receive Secretary Kerry in Dhaka at a mutually convenient time.

Regional issues were also featured in the meeting. Foreign Minister noted that regional perspectives have added a momentous effect in
cementing Bangladesh-US relationship.

In this connection, Sherman, who arrived in Dhaka straight from Delhi, said she had a good impression about the warmth of
Bangladesh-India relationship and the value Indian leadership attaches to the friendly relations with Bangladesh.

The issues surrounding Myanmar refugees and its nationals illegally residing in Bangladesh also came up in the discussion.

The Foreign Minister noted that although Bangladesh is continuously putting its efforts to strengthen its relations with Myanmar, this
issue appears to be a hindrance in the expected level of developments.

He appreciated the US position in this regard particularly President Obama's clear statement during his last visit to Myanmar that the
solution to this problem lies with Myanmar and its leadership should resolve the nationality issues of the Rohingya.

Wendy Sherman acknowledged Bangladesh's enormous contribution to provide shelters and generous hospitality to Myanmar refugees.


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