Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government would brought back fugitive Tarique Rahman, acting chairperson of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, to face trail at home.
Hasina, who is now in London at an official visit, told a gathering on Saturday that she discussed with the British authorities as to how a convicted criminal stay in London.
She was speaking at a reception accorded by the Bangladeshi diaspora in the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister alleged that Tarique had been committing acts of terrorism staying in London.
“We’ve already talked to the British government for Tarique’s extradition. How he is staying in London after being convicted and we are making efforts to take him back home,” said Hasina.
“Tarique committed terrorist acts at home and like that he is now committing the same crimes staying in the British capital. Think that how a big terrorist he is?” she said.
The Prime Minister also accused Tarique’s parents, Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, of killing. The entire family is killer and the country will have to be saved from these murderers, she said.
UK Chapter of Awami League accorded the reception to Hasina at Methodist Central Hall in London for Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing country from a least developed one.
Referring to the vandalism in Bangladesh High Commission in London, Hasina said the BNP terrorists at the directives of Tarique dishonoured the portrait of Bangabandhu. “I ask that from where they got so much courage to disrespect Bangabandhu?” she said.
Hasina criticised the role of the high commission. “I don’t know who were (sitting) in the high commission on that day and my question is that why they couldn’t do anything in this regard,” she said.
The prime minister said those who ransacked the Father of the Nation’s portrait will have to be punished. “I will tell the expatriates Bangladeshis that you’re not seeing those who dishonoured Bangabandhu and they will have to be given proper punishment,” she said.
Tarique has forgotten that her mother landed in jail for corruption, she said.
“They now want her release, but we cannot release her. For that they will have to do legal battle or seek mercy from the president and there is no other way,” she said.
Hasina said her government didn’t arrest Khaleda politically. “If we wanted to arrest her politically, we could do it in 2013, 2014 or 2015 when she burnt people to death.”
Hasina said the children of those convicted in war crimes amassed black money through corruption and they’re tarnishing the country’s image by putting false blame. “They’ll have to be given fitting reply and country’s image will have to retained,” she said.
Journalist Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Women and Children Meher Afroz Chumki and local leaders of Awami League and its associate spoke on the occasion.