Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday sought cooperation from foreign diplomats in bringing back fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
He sought their help while addressing a virtual discussion with foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka and New Delhi marking the National Mourning Day to commemorate the 45th martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu.
"Five killers of Bangabandhu remain fugitive, and the government has come to know where two of them are. We do not know the location of three killers," quoting the Foreign Minister, said a foreign ministry press release.
Momen requested friendly countries to help Dhaka identify their locations and return all the fugitives to Bangladesh. The Foreign Minister said the government wants to implement the court verdict to ensure justice and the rule of law in the country.
Around 83 diplomats stationed in Dhaka and New Delhi joined the discussion hosted by the ministry.
Law Minister Anisul Huq and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam also spoke at the discussion while Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen delivered the welcome remarks.
At the beginning of the discussion, a one-minute silence was observed to pay tribute to Bangabandhu and his family members who were assassinated in 1975. They were killed just four years after independence.
Momen said, "The killers were kept out of the book until 1996 as an indemnity ordinance was issued to protect them. The Awami League government initiated the trials in 1996 after coming to power."
Later, the BNP-Jamaat Alliance government stopped the trial. Five Bangabandhu killers were executed in 2010 after the Awami League came to power again in 2009.
On the night of January 27, 2010, Syed Faruk Rahman, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan and Muhiuddin Ahmed were executed.
Abdul Majed, one of the six fugitives during the trial, was arrested earlier this year and executed by the government on April 12. Meantime, Aziz Pasha died in Zimbabwe in June 2001 – before the verdict could take effect.
Five killers of Bangabandhu still remain fugitive. They are -- Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim and Risaldar Moslem Uddin Khan, AM Rashed Chowdhury and SHMB Nur Chowdhury.
At present, Rashed Chowdhury is living in the United States while Nur Chowdhury is in Canada.