Law Minister Anisul Huq today said the government has no information about the whereabouts of three out of five fugitive killers who murdered Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family.
The three convicted killers are Col (dismissed) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (dismissed) Shariful Haque Dalim, and Risaldar Moslehuddin Khan.
"We are trying to bring all five fugitive killers of Bangabandhu back to the country. We will continue our efforts until all five are brought back and their [death] sentences are executed," the minister said in a video message on Thursday afternoon.
The law minister said killer Rashed Chowdhury has obtained political asylum in the USA.
"We are observing the current situation regarding Rashed Chowdhury and having discussion in this regard," he said.
Anisul also said another killer, Nur Chowdhury, is in hiding in Canada.
Nur Chowdhury in an application has told the Canadian government that the court concerned in Bangladesh has sentenced him to death in a case, Anisul said.
There is a law in Canada under which that country does not send any accused to such a country where he or she has been sentenced to death, and on that basis, the Canadian government has allowed Nur Chowdhury to live there, the minister said.
"We sought relevant papers from the Canada government to know on what reasons Nur Chowdhury requested political asylum and on which grounds the Canada government has approved his prayer. The Canadian government has replied that they cannot give the papers to Bangladesh government under their privacy act. Then we engaged a lawyer and appealed to the court concerned in Canada. The court said the Canadian government can provide the papers to Bangladesh government," he said.
"We are now continuing discussions with the Canadian government on this issue," the law minister said.
The minister also remembered and paid his respect to Bangabandhu and others who were killed on August 15, 1975.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on November 19, 2009 upheld the High Court verdict that handed death penalties to the 12 killers of Bangabandhu and his family members.
Five of the killers were executed on January 27, 2010 and one other was executed on April 12 this year. Another died abroad.