Bangladesh, Canada to discuss Noor Chowdhury extradition

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Bangladesh and Canada have agreed to discussions on finding a solution to the extradition of Noor Chowdhury, a self-confessed killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Chowdhury, a death sentence convict in the Bangabandhu assassination case, is now leading a fugitive’s life in Canada.

The decision on finding a solution to this thorny issue was made at a bilateral meeting between visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Montreal on Friday.

After the talks, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Ihsanul Karim told that officials of the two countries would discuss ways of ensuring the extradition of Chowdhury to Bangladesh.

“The aim of the discussion would be to bring Chowdhury to justice and implement the verdict of the Bangabandhu killing case,” he said.

He said the government was trying to bring back Chowdhury from Canada and the discussion between the officials of the two countries might pave the way for his extradition.

On the issue of militancy, Karim said that the two leaders had described the menace as a “global problem” and noted it would have to be solved in a united manner.
Karim said the Canadian premier highly appreciated Bangladesh’s anti-militancy drive and the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign.

He said the two prime ministers also discussed other issues, particularly boosting trade and investment and exporting garment products from Bangladesh to Canada.

Sheikh Hasina invited Justin Trudeau to visit Bangladesh. The Canadian premier cordially accepted the invitation.

In this connection, Trudeau recalled his visit to Bangladesh with his father, the late prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, at the age of 12.

The Canadian leader told Sheikh Hasina that he would visit Bangladesh soon and said he had some ‘hazy memories’ about his trip to Bangladesh in 1983.

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