Bangladesh should immediately issue a new Interpol red cornet notice for acting BNP chief Tarique Rahman, “this time for murder and terrorism”, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, when a court in Dhaka sentenced Tarqiue to life in prison for the 2004 attack on Awami League rally targeting the then-opposition leader Hasina, he said Dhaka should also ask London to extradite him.
Bangladesh has no extradition treaty with the UK, Joy wrote before adding: “but UN charter requires any member states to extradite or convict in their courts upon request. The UK has recently extradited four ISIS terror suspects to the US even though they may face the death penalty.”
Tarique along with 18 others, including the then-political affairs adviser to PM Haris Chowdhury, have been sentenced to life in the 14-year-old incident.
Former BNP ministers, Lutfozzaman Babar and Abdus Salam Pintu are among the 19 people who have been awarded the death penalty.
Eleven former government officials accused in the case received different jail terms.
“It took 42 years until our Awami League Government came to power and we were able to bring Jamaat to justice for war crimes during our War of Liberation. It took 34 years and the Awami League's return for my family to get justice for the murder of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu and my family on August 15th, 1975. Today after 14 years we are getting justice for the grenade attack on my mother and the murder of many people I knew well, including Ivy Rahman,” Joy wrote in his Facebook post.