Bangabandhu’s killer Noor Chowdhury was seen in the city of Canada

Sathia Kumar

Sheikh Hasina urged Canada to address the matter and ensure justice.

Bangabandhu’s assassin Noor Chowdhury is featured in a report entitled ‘The Assassin Next Door’ on CBC Television’s investigative division ‘The Fifth State’.

Murderer Noor Chowdhury, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, faced public questions about the murder. When a journalist of the country asked him this question in Western Toronto, Canada, the killer of Bangabandhu was seen driving away quickly.

Canada’s state television CBC aired an investigative report on Noor Chowdhury. The 42-minute report entitled ‘The Assassin Next Door’ was aired at eight o’clock in the morning Bangladesh time in the investigation department of that television, ‘The Fifth State’. It was in that report that Noor Chowdhury, who was in hiding, was seen for the first time. He has been in Canada since 1996.

The report details how this former army officer is still in custody in Canada.

This report highlights the perspective of Bangabandhu’s killer Noor Chowdhury’s stay in Canada and interviews of various important people. Among them are Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Law Minister Anisul Haque, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada Khalilur Rahman, several Canadian legal experts and several officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police investigating the Bangabandhu murder case.

After a long trial of Bangabandhu’s murder, the five killers were hanged in 2010. A murderer dies in Zimbabwe. Six killers are on the run. They are Abdur Rashid, Shariful Haque Dalim, M Rashed Chowdhury, Noor Chowdhury, Abdul Majed and Risaldar Moslemuddin. Among them, Noor Chowdhury is in Canada and Rashed Chowdhury is in the United States.

After the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975, Noor Chowdhury was given a job at the Bangladesh Embassy in Brazil and Tehran, Iran. After Awami League came to power in 1996, Noor Chowdhury went to Canada and sought asylum there.

In 2006, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board said Noor Chowdhury’s application was inadmissible. And with that he was ordered out of Canada. However, the Supreme Court of Canada said in an order that it is against their law to expel a person who has been sentenced to death.

According to the CBC report, Noor Chowdhury has used the opportunity of this law of Canada.

Earlier Noor Chowdhury claimed that he was not involved in Bangabandhu’s murder. However, Law Minister Anisul Haque said in the interview given in that report that it has been proved that Noor Chowdhury was directly involved in the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975.

The Supreme Court of Canada, however, has also said that in ‘exceptional circumstances’ a person sentenced to death can be extradited. The CBC report raised the question, Why is Nur Chowdhury not being put at this level? Robert Currie, a professor of international criminal law at Canada’s Dalhousie University, said Noor Chowdhury could be included under this exception.

Khalilur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Canada, said that he has requested the Canadian government several times to raise the issue of Noor Chowdhury’s return to the Supreme Court. But there was no response from the Canadian government.

CBC also goes to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Noor wants to know Chowdhury’s current condition there. In a written statement, the board said it would not discuss these matters without an individual’s permission because of Canadian privacy laws.

Reporter Mark Kelly interviewed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the report. He wants to know, to bring Noor Chowdhury back, his death sentence will be suspended or not? The Prime Minister said that he has no such power. Sheikh Hasina also said, “The killers have human rights.” But where are my human rights?

Sheikh Hasina urged Canada to address the matter and ensure justice.

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