Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said the government has sought cooperation from the UK government in bringing back BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman from the country.
Anisul came up with the information while talking to reporters after a meeting with British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson at the minister's Gulshan office.
“The high commissioner told me that he'll discuss the issue with his government. He also said it's a legal issue and it can take a long time,” said the minister. “We hope we'll get a positive solution.”
Responding to a question about bringing back Noor Chowdhury, one of the convicts in Bangabandhu murder case, he said, “There was a hearing on March 25 on Noor Chowdhury in a Canadian court.”
“Earlier, we sought some information about Noor, but the Canadian government did not provide any. Later, we sent a delegation to the Canadian court. There was an advocate in the hearing on behalf of Bangladesh. Noor also attended the hearing. The court will deliver an order in this regard later.”
In reply to another question whether there was any discussion about recognising March 25 as International Genocide Day, he said the government is working to get the recognition.
'EFFORTS ON TO BRING THEM BACK'
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen yesterday reiterated that the government wants to bring back all the convicted criminals from abroad and implement the court verdicts as per the law of the land.
“Efforts are on to bring them back,” he told reporters. Momen also referred to discussions between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau over deportation of Noor Chowdhury.
Earlier, the foreign minister and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud inaugurated “Demonstration and Introduction of STP (Set-Top) Boxes for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)” in Bangladesh missions abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.